left: lina Batestelli,
a computer networking researcher, talks
about using math
for cloud computing.
right: greg Sawicki,
in biomedical engineering, discusses
Some experts even confess that in high school, they didn’t
think they would use math later in life either, and then they
proceed to show how they couldn’t do their jobs without it.
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displays, the video illustrates how
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Teachers play a different video at
least once a month as a unit introduction or as part of problem-solving exercises. They report that these videos
help highlight the larger role math
plays in the workplace and also help
them demonstrate how math is used
outside of the classroom.
Several teachers have reported that
interest in math is increasing in the
classes that have watched the videos.
After watching, students have asked
about the careers highlighted. They
want to know how they can get a job
like that, how long does it take, and
how much it pays. Even traditionally
low-performing students are paying
attention more to math.
By creating a set of videos (http://
leverage the reach of one role model
from a single classroom to many. Now
the students can learn about careers
from people who use math in ways
even they never thought they would.
Some experts even confess that in
high school, they didn’t think they
would use math later in life either, and
then they proceed to show how they
couldn’t do their jobs without it.
We’re now in the process of creating
more videos, as our role models have
spread the word about the importance
of our project.
The authors would like to thank the participating role models and teachers. This material is
based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0929543.
—Jennifer Ware is a doctoral candidate in the
Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
program at North Carolina State University in
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Her interests include technology and pedagogy. She has 12 years
of award-winning multimedia experience.
—Sarah Stein is an associate professor in the
Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. Her scholarly emphasis
includes communication conceptual frameworks
and strategies that lead to successful use of technology in pedagogical practices.
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