May 18th, 2011 by Dan Meyer
Never heard of a Graphing Story? Here’s one I made earlier this week:
What’s fun is meeting people who tell me they’re still using Graphing Stories, which is a lesson that in Internet years is basically old enough to cash Social Security checks. What’s awful is that people are still using the same set of ten videos, one of which is so ridiculous I can link to it but I can’t bear to watch it ever again.
The fact of the matter is that teachers and students have great ideas for their own graphing stories. The other fact is that the tools for creating them are just out of reach of many of those same people. Tools shouldn’t impede creativity, so here’s the plan:
You handle the creativity. I’ll deal with the tools.
I’ve partnered up with the good folks at BuzzMath to create a very simple workflow for you.
What You’ll Need
- Fifteen seconds of video of something happening.
- A graph that describes what’s happening. (Use this template.)
What You’ll Do
- Point your browser to www.graphingstories.com.
- Upload your fifteen-second story.
- Upload your graph. (Take a photo of it. Scan it. Whatever)
- Wait for an e-mail with a download link.
I’ll be creating all the graphing stories manually, on a first-come-first-served basis, one story per person. After ten days, I’ll cut off submissions and get down to work.
The result? A massive collection of graphing stories spanning all kinds of interesting dimensions (height, speed, distance, pain, happiness, etc) that we can all download and use in our classrooms.
So get to work. Tell your students. Tell a friend. Reblog and retweet this thing. Let’s make it huge.