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"Real World Math" Voting Begins Today for Fayetteville Math Video Contest

Voters on TeacherTube help award local teachers $10,000 classroom technology makeover

May 5, 2008

Fayetteville, ARKANSAS, May 5, 2008 - Fayetteville math teachers and students have done their part and submitted their creative videos for the first-ever Real World Math program and contest, presented by Texas Instruments (TI) and TeacherTube. Now it's up to the general public to choose the semi-finalist videos from the high school and junior high levels to win a TI technology makeover valued at $10,000.

Beginning today at noon CDT through 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday May 9, the general public is encouraged to log onto TeacherTube, a Web site that hosts educational video content, and vote for their favorite video submissions.

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.

The top twenty semi-finalist videos submitted for Real World Math will be determined by popular vote and sent to a judging panel made up of representatives from the Fayetteville and education community, who will choose the two grand-prize winners based on creativity and the math concept presented. 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 prior to January 1, 2009.

"The Real World Math program encourages students to consider how math learned in the classroom relates to their everyday lives," said Kristen Scanlon, Director of Federal Programs for Fayetteville Schools. "I encourage everyone to visit TeacherTube to vote for their favorite video, and see some examples of how our daily activities employ and rely on fundamental math concepts."

How You Vote

  1. The general public can vote by visiting the Real World Math page, www.teachertube.com/ti, and clicking the "Watch Submitted Videos" button located on the left-hand side bar, or by visiting the TeacherTube home page, www.teachertube.com, and clicking the "Introducing Real World Math" icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Upon accessing the voting page, choose the most creative video that best showcases how math is used everyday.
  3. Vote by clicking the button located next to each video.

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.

About Texas Instruments
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.

For more information:
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