May 29th, 2012 by Dan Meyer
Here are some questions that interest me:
- How useful is 101questions as a proxy for student interest?
- For example, when we find that 19% of 101questions users skip The Ticket Roll, does that mean that 19% of math students will skip it also?
- When we scribble information all over our images in our textbooks (instead of presenting concrete contexts) how does that affect their perplexity?
- For which contexts is video useful? Is the Pyramid of Pennies more perplexing as a photo or a video?
- Does a tripod matter? How is a student's interest in a video affected if it features a slight wiggle rather than if the camera is locked down?
Niche questions, certainly, but they interest me so I set up two installations of the 101questions software at eagle.101qs.com and hawk.101qs.com to answer them.
What You Can Do For Me
If you are in a 1:1 classroom where Vimeo and YouTube aren't blocked, and you have twenty free minutes between now and the end of the year, you can help me answer them.
In the comments, let me know how many students you can commit and in what classes. I'll e-mail you a handout (looks like this) you can cut up and pass out to your students.
The rest should be smooth. Once the number of conscripted students clears a certain bar, I'll close the thread.
BTW: Nathan Kraft surveyed his students along similar lines. The results are fascinating.
2012 May 30: That'll do it. Comments closed. Thanks for your help, everybody.