Media in the Math & Science Classroom

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Media in the Math & Science Classroom

Today's students are digital experts. They use and access digital media several hours each day. Take time to read the following article about students and digital media Digital access, collaboration a must for students

Media in the Math & Science Classroom is an effective way to bring 21st Century skills and tools into the classroom to differentiate instruction and engage students.


Why Use Instructional Multimedia?

  • Addresses multiple learning styles
  • Provides a common base of knowledge among students
  • Extends walls of the classroom to enrich student experiences
  • Helps students make associations between existing knowledge and new information
  • Facilitates transfer of learning from one discipline to another
  • Engages students through multiple modalities
  • Activates emotional involvement to increase learning and student retention
  • Stimulates class discussion to reinforce instruction and reading
  • Reaches students who do not respond well to traditional methods.of teaching

    Effective Practices

    Chances are, students are more than ready for using media in the math classroom. Not only viewing instructional videos or using interactive websites, blogs, or wikis, but creating video as a way of assessment and expression of knowledge and ideas.

    Think about curriculum Think about each unit you are teaching during the school year. Think about how you can integrate video or interactive tools and websites into your classroom. Little by little, you will be able to transform your classroom into an interactive, 21st Century learning space. It is important to think about media's message as well as the integrity and value of the media. For more information, go to Media's Message

    Tools for Classrooms
    There are many tools available for educators and students in a Math classroom.

  • SMARTboards - Smart Website, Teq Smart Website
  • iPod Touches
  • Flip Cameras (or other video cameras)
  • COWs (Computers on Wheels, laptop carts)
  • Interactive websites
  • Blogs
  • Wikis

    Video On Demand (Safari Montage)

    iMedia Portal The iMedia Portal allows access to all of the Instructional Multimedia resources and databases. Also, a calendar lists workshops and there is a frequently asked questions.

    Video on Demand (Safari Montage)

  • Log in under the school Monroe 1 BOCES Fairport
  • Use the same login you use for your work computer - if you have problems with this, please contact your district help desk
  • You may be prompted to download the Safari Montage video player. All districts have downloaded the player, however they are not usually updated throughout the system. Home Access - you must download the Safari Montage video player and close out your browser and re-open to complete the process.

    Math Content in Video On Demand
    There are numerous publishers of math video content in Video On Demand. Here is a list of some of the providers:
  • Disney (Bill Nye)
  • Learn 360 (Math Monsters, SAT, Basic Math, Math in our Lives, all grades)
  • PBS (Cyberchase)
  • Sesame Street preK - 1
  • Schlessinger All Grades
  • Cerebellum grades 7 - Adult
  • BOCES content (creation station)
  • Monterey Media (Life by Numbers)
  • Creation Station (Cyberchase)

    Science Content in Video On Demand
  • NOVA
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Education
  • NASA
  • Creation Station (Sid the Science Kid, NOVA, National Geo)
  • Schlessinger Media
  • Scholastic
  • National Geographic

    Playlist are a great way to "save" math videos for specific concepts.

    Instructional Multimedia Database & Instructional Videos

    BOCES Webmax and the Off Air Database will be combined starting fall 2011! Physical DVDs, iPod Touches, Flip Cameras, Sansa Recorders, and GPS Units will be added to the Off Air database.
    What does that mean for you?

    • You no longer need a Webmax login
    • A quick search will bring up resources from both Off Air and the physical library
    • Quick and easy requesting
    • Quick delivery

    Cable and Satellite programs offer valuable instructional programs. To access the Instructional Multimedia Database. Within this database, educators will find pre-recorded programs as well as have the ability to request specific programming. Programming is added to the Video On Demand database when copyright allows or is delivered via BOCES courier to your school building. Please note: we cannot record from premium channels such as HBO and Stars.

    Instructional Multimedia in Off Air Database
    Math Content in the Off Air Database

  • Sports Figures
  • Design Squad
  • Cyberchase
  • Biz Kid$
  • Make (an engineering program)
  • Fairfax Satellite Programs (career, robotics)

    Science Content in the Off Air Database
  • Fairfax Satellite
  • National Geographic
  • NASA
  • Discovery Channel
  • Science Channel
  • Planet Green
  • PBS

    Websites for Math & Science

    There are many digital resources for mathematics. Below are a list of websites that offer educator/student/parent resources
    10 Ten Math Websites -

    Khan Academy -

    Kid Sites -

    PBS Teacher 9-12 Math -

    Math Videos -

    Shodor Interactive math (geometry, algebra, stats, probability, number and operations -

    Bubbabrain - games for all curricular areas and grade levels

    Tween Tribune - safe blog for educators and students - great current events geared toward tweens and teens

    My Fake Wall - mimics facebook, safe and a great way to create an engaging project

    Cyberchase -

    How It's Made - interactive site with video, facts, games

    How Stuff Works -

    Brain Bashers -

    Cool Math -

    Doing DaVinci - engineering based interactive site with history, games, tech

    Brain Pop -

    Exploring Leonardo -

    Web Math -

    PBS Teacher 9-12 Science/Tech

    Girls Go Tech

    Periodic Table - interactive wiki

    NOVA scienceNow - web based science program with video, facts, science interviews

    Sid the Science Kid - fun science based program (episodes are also in Video on Demand)

    How It's Made - interactive site with video, facts, games

    How Stuff Works -

    Planet Earth - interactive site (DVDs available in Instructional Multimedia Database)

    Life - interactive site ( will be in Off Air)

    Blue Planet - interactive site (DVDs available from off air

    Prehistoric NY - interactive site with video, info, and games

    Bubbabrain - games for all curricular areas and grade levels

    Tween Tribune - safe blog for educators and students - great current events geared toward tweens and teens

    My Fake Wall - mimics facebook, safe and a great way to create an engaging project

    Doing DaVinci - engineering based interactive site with history, games, tech

    Weather Channel Kids - interactive site with games, information, and education


    Many math and science educators create a blog to share their ideas, videos, concepts, and work with students and other educators. Here is some information about blogs. For blogging about today's news that is relevant to tweens, go to Tween Tribune


  • Math in the Media -
  • Article about Mr. Meyer Cable In the Classroom Interview
  • Mr Meyer -
  • Blogs about Math -
  • Wild About Math
  • Let's Play Math

  • Kids in the Gulf
  • Wired Science
  • Biology Classroom Blog
  • Cousteau World
  • The Active Class
  • Science Geek Girl


    Information about different grade levels, concepts, functions, class discussions, etc. Here is some information about wikis. There are many wiki resources such as Wikispaces, PB Works, Drupal, etc.

    iPod Touches

    For individualized instruction that is differentiated, iPod touches can be used for students to have specific apps that will help reinforce and enhance learning. iPod Touches can be reserved and delivered to your school via Instructional Multimedia Database


    In order to use the iPod Touches, you will need an iTunes account. Follow the directions at this location iTunes info

    Types of free Podcast/Apps from iTunes


  • Teacher TV in the subject area you can select math and grade level
  • I Love Zero beginning algebra
  • Mental Math Secrets K-12
  • Video Math Tutor K-12
  • Flash to Pass Math Flash Cards
  • Formulus HD Formulas for Calculus
  • Sketchup Geometry Pod/video cast
  • Pre-Algebra Pod/video cast

    Types of Podcasts/Apps at a cost from iTunes
  • Cyberchase
  • Multiplication Math Facts

    Types of free apps from iTunes
    1. Teacher TV in the subject area you can select science and grade level
    2. How Stuff Works - Brain (podcast)
    3. Science Glossary
    4. Earth Science Pod/video cast K-12
    5. Biology Movements podcast
    6. Space Pod/video cast
    7. The Physical World Pod/video cast
    8. Biology Pod/video cast
    9. Going Green Pod/video cast

    Video Creation

    One way to convey a concept or mathematical process is to create videos to share with your students. There are many ways to capture and display video. If you have a SMARTboard you can use SMART recorder, Flip Camcorders are also an quick and easy way to record and play video. Many districts have purchased Flip Cameras or other types of this camera for educator/student use. You may also reserve these cameras through Off Air Database

    Video Ideas:

  • Mathematical equations that are often forgotten
  • Mathematical process that is frequently used
  • Real life examples of math
  • Bob Enck Example
  • Student work

    Please visit the following pages to explore video creation processes.
  • SMART Notebook
  • Microsoft Movie Maker
  • iMovie
  • Media Creation for Instruction

    Videos can be shared via educator websites, Video On Demand (Safari Montage), district websites, teacher blog or wiki
  • Personal tools
    Technology Services
    Wiki Help