One of the best ways to know if a student REALLY understands a math concept is to ask them to teach the concept to someone else. However, letting each student teach the class can be extremely time consuming. A good alternative is to let students create math tutorial videos, which can be viewed by students at home or during a math center. My students create their videos with these steps:
1. Plan out key vocabulary and phrases that will be needed for the video.
2. Create the video in your chosen app or website.
3. Record the video.
4. Edit the video.
5. Students evaluate themselves on their own rubric.
6. Teacher evaluates student with the teacher rubric and conferences with students on their work.
We use my Tutorial Video Planning Sheets in this process:
This week, my children created these videos about the topics they have been learning about for the past 10 weeks. They do their home school work in English, French and Arabic, so they created three different videos.
2nd Grade English
2nd Grade French
2nd Grade Arabic
5th Grade English
5th Grade French
5th Grade Arabic
Before the kids are allowed to publish their videos, they are required to conference with me, which gives me a great way to handle any misconceptions that might be happening in their mathematical knowledge. It also teaches students the importance of revising and editing work before publishing – which is a skill that should be done in all subjects NOT ONLY IN WRITING. These videos may not replace tests entirely, but they give me a very clear picture as to where my students stand in regards to mathematical thinking.
For some ideas on programs and apps to use to make videos, check out these two old blog posts: