Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Mathematicians' Project

First off, if it were not for Annie Perkins, this project wouldn't exist. I first met Annie when she came to my session at Twitter Math Camp (TMC) 2016 in Minneapolis. Then she shared this project with me. I sort of take my own spin on it, though.

I typed up my list of names, of which I got many of the names from Annie's blog. Then I added some that were available in the Desmos AB anonymize list. Then I let students choose their own mathematician and create a Google Slide about it. I had students create their own Google Slide presentations, but this semester, I made all of the students put their slides on one large Google Slide presentation. I created the basic presentation and did an example slide, and I changed the features to "students can edit file" in Google Classroom and let them work. For the most part, it worked really well. I had to threaten students who were messing with other peoples' slides. Then that issue stopped.

My students learned some interesting facts about their mathematicians (and so did I)! The next day, I made the students present their findings to their classmates and to me.

Here is the rubric, and here is the list of mathematicians.

If you have any questions about how we did this project, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, I would also recommend checking out Annie's blog (as she is the expert here).

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