Hi, I'm Dave Surver, a math teacher, and have been for over 20 years in the Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnesota, USA. Seeing an opportunity to deliver targeted math help at home, in the spring of 2006 I created a set of video lessons for my students. You hear my voice and see me writing out the example problems as I talk them through the most important skills for their grade. Kids and parents loved having them at home for many reasons, plus I got tons of positive feedback.
Using our wealth of experience (over 18 practicing teachers) we chose 170-450 clips for each Grade level, including lessons and example problems for the most important topics in each grade. They are easy to find searchable by key words on any page on our site.
We also included homework problems you can do to practice the skills you're learning. The diagnostic grade level tests can be used to identify which grade level skills you should know and to diagnose which areas need improvement. Then you can do the lessons, examples, and homework clips for those skills to improve your performance. Other topics include flashcard video sessions to practice your basic facts, stumpers to challenge your brain, and fun clips, like number tricks and bloopers. The kids like the blooper clips - watching a teacher mess up or go crazy is always fun for them.
Today, we introduce the videos online for the first time. All the videos, all the time. Now teachers can create their own playlists and upload their own videos to integrate with our library of over 1,000 math videos. The videos play on all tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktop. The videos are in encoded in high definition or a lower definition for performance.
Each subject has three types of videos:
Lessons are meant to be a short description of what the skill involves.
Examples give more detail and more example problems with answers.
Homework provides extra practice to help reinforce and solidify learning.
Also included are:
Diagnostic tests: Help determine which skills a student has not yet mastered.
Flashcards: Drill and practice on those important basic facts.
Fun clips: Just how they sound – lots of goofy fun to grab a kid’s attention.
Stumpers: Tough problems that stimulate thinking and discussion.