(PRWEB) January 10, 2013
Classrooms these days need to be equipped with computers screens, rather than chalkboards, to fulfill the changing environments in which today’s students live. How then do we adapt the classroom to embrace this technology? The Reel Math Challenge is the answer for math teachers.
In an effort to promote both mathematics education digital technology, the Reel Math Challenge is a competition for middle school students, requiring a team of four to create and star in a video that illustrates a math problem and demonstrate its solution. The competition not only teaches math skills by using problems within the middle school mathematics curriculum, but encourages the integration of digital technology into the classroom.
Each student video encourages the use of mobile tablet applications, video editing programs, and technology-based platforms that will help to expand their skills outside of the average curriculum. Additionally, the Reel Math Challenge allows students to view their math lessons in a whole new way, since they are the director, producer, and star of their video. Creativity, teamwork, and sportsmanship are skills that many schools struggle to teach within the confines of a classroom, but the Reel Math Challenge can easily promote.
Once videos are completed, student teams upload their submission to the Reel Math Challenge website, where their peers can view and vote on their favorites. With social voting and sharing, these videos are meant to not only fun and entertaining, but educational. What better way to promote math to sixth through eighth graders than to have them get involved, teach the lessons, and show their peers how fun math can be?
The Reel Math Challenge is an annual competition from the MATHCOUNTS organization. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. Currently in its 30th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. For more information visit http://ReelMath.org/participate.