Now, I’m not advocating the watching of videos in class on a regular basis, but there are times (end of term, class decimated by a sports fixture etc) when you do want to show a video but you want it to be of VALUE to the students. Here is a list of videos I recommend:
- The Joy of Stats – I dare you to watch this and NOT be carried away by Hans Rosling and his infectious enthusiasm! Suitable for all ages. Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power thay have to change our understanding of the world.
- Building the Bouncing Bomb – Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt tries to recreate Barnes Wallis’s famous Second World War bouncing bomb, and blow up a specially constructed dam in Canada.
- School of Hard Sums – Lots of excellent episodes available, and plenty of opportunity to pause and let students have a go at some of the problems. My favourite episodes include Location Location Maths, You Can’t Argue With Logic, The Maths of Italian Restaurants, How Maths Saves Lives, The Maths of Sport, How Maths Gets You More Bang for Your Buck, How Maths Can Feel the Force.
Anyone have a suggestion to add to the list?