I haven’t found an effective format for online professional development using WCYDWT-style problems. (Nothing, anyway, that compared to three hours of face time with the Kannapolis teachers last month.) So I’m trying something new and looking for twenty volunteers to get an advance look at my newest WCYDWT problem tomorrow afternoon and run through it with me as math students in a DimDim room.
Total time commitment: 45 minutes. I’ll post the problem and the webinar results shortly thereafter.
If you’re into it, leave a comment using an e-mail address where I can reach you. Feel free to push it past twenty. If any participants are absent or late, I’ll start pushing invites out in the same order I received comments.
[Download Screencast, courtesy Jason Buell]
Mr. HAugust 4, 2010 - 9:19 pm -
Count me in.
David CoxAugust 4, 2010 - 9:40 pm -
I’m in…assuming the kids are agreeable.
AlvaroAugust 4, 2010 - 9:41 pm -
I would be happy to help. What time will you do this? I am in a different time zone.
Dan MeyerAugust 4, 2010 - 9:47 pm -
3:00PM Pacific Standard Time. San Francisco is in my time zone.
Jason BuellAugust 4, 2010 - 9:50 pm -
AlvaroAugust 4, 2010 - 9:54 pm -
That’s not too late. I’m in then.
Bruce MooreAugust 4, 2010 - 9:56 pm -
I would like to attend. Tomorrow is teacher’s first working day. I think I will be in my room at 3:00 but not sure I can get through the firewall.
Bruce MooreAugust 4, 2010 - 9:58 pm -
By the way Dan, I just started a blog with a post about my version of a WCYDWT activity at http://peacemaker70.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/sbg-claims-another-teache/
I would be honored if you could check it out and make any comments you thought were appropriate.
WilliamAugust 4, 2010 - 10:07 pm -
I’ll give it a shot.
Sandra MillerAugust 4, 2010 - 10:30 pm -
Math ZombieAugust 4, 2010 - 10:34 pm -
I’m definitely interested. That time should suit me nicely out east.
JenAugust 4, 2010 - 11:21 pm -
Dan LemayAugust 5, 2010 - 1:58 am -
Count me in.
Nick HussainAugust 5, 2010 - 3:12 am -
Sweet! I’m in as well.
Martins KalisAugust 5, 2010 - 3:15 am -
I’d be happy to join in!
JennyAugust 5, 2010 - 3:42 am -
I wish I could do it (we’ll be headed to the airport to fly to SF at that time).
I’ll look forward to hearing about it!
The VirtuosiAugust 5, 2010 - 3:47 am -
Dave EAugust 5, 2010 - 4:02 am -
Professional development we can believe in – sign me up!
MonicaAugust 5, 2010 - 4:27 am -
I’d love to try!
David LloydAugust 5, 2010 - 4:44 am -
I would like in on this as well.
Mary Jude SchmitzAugust 5, 2010 - 4:50 am -
I would love to try. I am central time so I am guessing that would be 5:00 PM.
Steven PetersAugust 5, 2010 - 4:56 am -
I would like to participate in this business.
Anne LaskeyAugust 5, 2010 - 5:06 am -
Charity HobbsAugust 5, 2010 - 5:12 am -
I want to participate please.
AdelynAugust 5, 2010 - 5:16 am -
If you are still in need of participants, I’m in.
christyAugust 5, 2010 - 5:40 am -
Oh man!…am I too late to sign up? If not I’m interested.
Antonia BarkleyAugust 5, 2010 - 5:43 am -
I’m a preservice teacher but I would like to participate if you will have me.
JuneAugust 5, 2010 - 5:59 am -
I’d love to try this if I’m not too late!
Dan MeyerAugust 5, 2010 - 6:10 am -
So I’ll send e-mails to everyone through Steven Peters at 2:50 PST today. Then at 3:00PM, I’ll send out e-mails to fill any available slots, starting with Anne Laskey. Thanks for helping me out here, team.
ChrisAugust 5, 2010 - 6:11 am -
I would love to participate in this if there’s still room. Thanks.
blaw0013August 5, 2010 - 6:22 am -
I’m interested in your approach Dan; count me in if your have room.
Emily VAAugust 5, 2010 - 7:02 am -
Would love to participate, on the unlikely chance you got this far down the list.
Jen BAugust 5, 2010 - 7:03 am -
AudreyAugust 5, 2010 - 7:07 am -
Count me in-I’m hoping I have calculated correctly that this will happen at 6:00 p.m. Montreal time!
Karim @ MathaliciousAugust 5, 2010 - 7:18 am -
DebbieAugust 5, 2010 - 7:32 am -
I reckon that’ll be a bit late for me in GMT, but look forward to hearing all about it.
MichelleAugust 5, 2010 - 8:08 am -
I can help as a less advanced student, if you want. But I’m in Eastern Standard time.
MarkAugust 5, 2010 - 8:23 am -
I am definitely interested. Please count me in.
Scott HaluckAugust 5, 2010 - 8:24 am -
If there is some act of God that allows you to go this far down the list, I’m in.
KarenAugust 5, 2010 - 8:50 am -
East Coast! I’d love to join in I’d you decide to go with overcrowding or you have dropouts!
Teresa BallardAugust 5, 2010 - 9:00 am -
I would love to try -if you get this far down the list….
Dan MeyerAugust 5, 2010 - 9:00 am -
For the record, I’d love to open this wider, but until DimDim proves itself as a professional development forum, I’m sticking with the free version, which limits to twenty participants. Thanks again for the interest.
MichaelaAugust 5, 2010 - 9:09 am -
Wow i am far down the list but would love to try it.
AaronAugust 5, 2010 - 9:17 am -
Looking forward to hearing the results.
Hope it works out!
If you could include a critical evaulation of the whole Dim Dim process that would be great for those
not-so-techie-techie-enthusiasts such as myself.
AudreyAugust 5, 2010 - 1:45 pm -
How do we access the archive? I didn’t really understand about the email instructions before, sorry!
Dan LemayAugust 5, 2010 - 2:47 pm -
Feedback from dimdim session.
I liked the initial idea. Brainstorm what question we wanted to answer.
I also liked the the opportunity to “agree” on some values. Time to run up the up escalator and time to run down the stairs.
I would have liked to then have had some time (more than a few minutes) to play around with the these values. I did not want to miss any of the dialogue and got distracted and never reached an answer.
For an online training: Do the initial stuff. Take a break and prepare as much of a solution as possible. (Break out sessions using dimdim if you want small group work?) and then return with some wiki pages of work to show everyone.
Thanks for your time Dan.
Kate NowakAugust 5, 2010 - 2:59 pm -
So sad to be too late to the party! Sounds super fun.
JazoAugust 6, 2010 - 12:30 am -
Soooo jealous that I missed this! Will you be doing something like this in the future?
Dan MeyerAugust 6, 2010 - 7:44 am -
I’m not particularly thrilled with the results of this conference, but we’ll try it a few more times before moving on to another format. Hope to see you in there next time.
TimAugust 7, 2010 - 1:21 am -
OK – neophytical type question here.
I see tremendous possibilities for my physics class (9th grade – conceptual) in using clips like this. BUT … what’s the learning curve like?
What do I need in order to be able to
a) video the event – some form of ccd camera with video capabilities I’m sure
b) and here is where I predict the asymptote begins to be noticeable … how does one combine 4 shots in one.
I assume that the camera is tripod mounted and remains stationary between all 4 trials … but then how is it combined into one frame? Will I need a masters in video editing to pull it off. (btw … I’m a PC …. and I see that dan’s a mac)
Dan MeyerAugust 7, 2010 - 8:44 am -
Honestly, the part I was proudest of here was thinking to use an iPod to keep time. That’s the top of the asymptote for me.
Your other assumptions about how I shot this thing are right on. The final part, combining four plates into one, is more expensive than difficult. It’ll cost you $360 at Academic Superstore. I’ll have a tutorial up shortly so you can decide if this is a skill you’d like to pursue, invest in, etc.
MariaAugust 22, 2010 - 6:49 am -
Can someone tell me where to find the “Dirt” problem. I’ve clicked every logical link, googled every relevant term I can think of and I can’t find the original clip/problem! Help! I’m feeling quite foolish (and out of the loop) right now!!!!
Dan MeyerAugust 22, 2010 - 8:39 am -
Hi Maria, thanks for the inquiry. I’m posting that one, plus the results of our live session, early this week.
MariaAugust 22, 2010 - 9:54 am -
Thanks, Dan. I didn’t stay in the discussion yesterday because I felt the spot would be better used by someone who had knowledge of the problem. Looking forward to seeing that one and future problem-solving ideas. They are really opening up avenues of creative thought for me and consequently, my future students.