December 19th, 2012 by Dan Meyer
MathRecap is a project in modernizing and increasing access to math education conferences. I and my fellow recappers concluded our coverage of CMC-North last week. How did we do?
On the one hand, our most trafficked recap, Lisa Nussdorfer’s iPad session, received 538 unique pageviews, which means many more people had access to her talk than just the thirty of us in the classroom where she was scheduled. That’s great.
On the other hand, traffic wasn’t so explosive that I’m convinced this kind of site is as useful as it can be. So I’m inviting your commentary: What would make a conference recapping site most useful for you? If it isn’t something you find useful, why not?
NCTM is in four months. That’s a pricey ticket and many of you aren’t attending. So what can a site like MathRecap do for you?
David Wees is the first to say that MathRecap wasn’t well publicized:
This is the first I’ve heard of the site, so I missed the announcement somehow, so maybe people just don’t know about it? I’ve added it to my feed though, and included it in my list of mathematics education blogs.
I had no idea how what was being discussed translated into classroom practice, what “culturally relevant pedagogy” looks like past one ambiguously phrased word problem, and how the standards of mathematical practice are linked.
Blog posts are good. Presentations are good. But what is each format particularly suited to do? In particular, what gets lost when you try to translate a presentation to a blog post?