This site provides over 3,000 mini-lessons and example videos hosted on YouTube. The videos and lessons are organized by course and topic.
Type of Material:
This site can be used for self-guided student explorations, as a refresher, or to accompany one of a standard math course.
Java-enabled browser and a YouTube player
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To provide a better understanding for basic mathematical concepts.
Target Student Population:
Students studying mathematics.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Depends on the course of choice.
Evaluation and Observation
This site contains a collection of more than 3,000 videos on various mathematical courses from pre-algebra to basic mathematics. The videos are matched with topics of most common math textbooks. These videos are broken and organized by subjects and are searchable by topic. The author makes use of multiple colors, graphs, and annotations that help to provide clear expositions of the examples and concepts.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is a good supplement to any math course and textbook. The length of each video is long enough to develop a topic fully but not too long to discourage the viewer. It could also be easily used as a part of self-guided study. The site should be really helpful to students who are visual learners.
The videos have closed captions, but they rely on computer generated captioning that often misinterprets the speaker. Without sound, the captioning is often incoherent.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Provided that all the necessary plug-ins are installed, the site is intuitive and very easy to use. They can all be viewed on youTube. The navigation of the site is simple. The instructions are clearly presented with video and speech.