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"Real World Math" Semi-Finalist Videos Announced

Judges from Fayetteville, education communities to determine two finalist classrooms to receive $10,000 technology makeover

May 12, 2008

Fayetteville, ARKANSAS, May 12, 2008 - The general public has spoken and the semi-finalists for the first-ever Real World Math video program and contest, presented by Texas Instruments (TI) and TeacherTube, are in. It's now in the hands of the expert judging panel, comprised of representatives from the Fayetteville and education communities, to choose two grand-prize winning videos to receive a $10,000 TI technology makeover for their classroom.

Beginning at noon CDT on Monday May 5, the general public was encouraged to log onto TeacherTube, a Web site that hosts educational video content, and vote for their favorite video submissions. More than 5,000 individuals globally logged onto TeacherTube and submitted their vote for their favorite videos. Votes were tabulated, and the semi-finalist videos as determined by the general public are:

High School Level

  • "How to be Green Using Mathematics"
  • "CSI - Pythagorean Style"
  • "Yoga and Geometry"
  • "Haley-Math"
  • "Math with Real World Baseball"
  • "Basketball Root Beer"
  • "Save the World Angels"
  • "Football and Geometry"

Junior High School Level

  • "Math in the Real World - Harmonic Mean"
  • "Flat Tire"
  • "Shopping at Expressions"
  • "Pythagorean Theorem"
  • "Math in the Real World"
  • "Real World Math with Rockets"
  • "Measurement in Everyday Life"
  • "Volume"

"The wide array of activities displayed in the submissions that exemplify fundamental math concepts were remarkable," said Kristen Scanlon, Director of Federal Programs for Fayetteville Schools. "By watching these submissions, it is evident how hard students and educators worked, and the impact that math has on our daily lives. All video submissions were outstanding, and we really appreciate everyone from across the globe visiting TeacherTube to help choose the semi-finalists who are now one step closer to winning the technology prize package."

Beginning today, the official Real World Math judging panel will watch each semi-finalist video and rate them using three distinct criteria, including quality of math presented, overall creativity and relevance to the real world.

The official judging panel was selected based on their relationship to Fayetteville and education. Judging panelists include:

  • Bob Gettino, zone 1 director, Arkansas Education Association
  • Mickey Goodwin, reporter, KNWA-TV
  • Dennis Pierce, managing editor, eSchool News
  • Kristen Scanlon, director of federal programs, Fayetteville Public Schools
  • Alan Wilbourn, public information director, Fayetteville Public Schools

The winning videos will be announced on Monday May 19, and the customized classroom technology from TI will be installed in the winning teachers' classrooms by January 1, 2009.

Launched on March 25, 2008, the Real World Math video program challenges Fayetteville Public Schools' high school and junior high school math teachers to inspire their students to create videos that showcase how they use math everyday. The program was designed to help students understand how math is relevant to their daily lives and how math concepts taught in the classroom relate to them now and in the future.

Unlike many online video contests that simply provide entertainment value, TI's Real World Math is specifically focused on building a long-term, grassroots community for teachers to create and share usable content for high school-level math classrooms around the world.

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Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications and enabling students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. Designed with leading educators and researchers, Texas Instruments educational technology and services are tested against recognized third-party research on effective instruction and improved student learning. Such research shows that use of graphing calculators and wireless classroom networks in the classroom helps teachers implement instructional strategies that lead to student collaboration, higher student interest, engagement and achievement in math. For more than 15 years, TI has worked closely with educators and administrators to develop student-focused curricular and supplemental classroom materials, and it supports the world's largest professional development organization for the appropriate use of educational technology. More information is available at education.ti.com

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About TeacherTube
TeacherTube is an online community for sharing instructional videos. TeacherTube seeks to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. Most importantly, TeacherTube community members are a major part of the evolution of the site. Members are encouraged to not only upload educationally relevant videos, but also to make constructive comments and use the rating system to show appreciation for videos of value to one as an educator or learner. To learn more about TeacherTube's online community, please visit http://www.teachertube.com.

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