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Videos at Stafford Library
Selected Streaming Videos
Angles and Planes
This program treks to locations as diverse as Japan, Puerto Rico, and British Columbia to demonstrate the principles of angles, tangents to circles, parallel and perpendicular planes, and the area of 2-D figures on a plane. Angles played a key role in making Himeji Castle easy for samurai warriors to defend, and astronomers at the Arecibo Observatory build on Kepler's work with angles, planes, and ellipses to learn more about the solar system. In addition, the video uses the Burgess Shale Formation to explain the concept of intersecting planes-the reason that older fossils are sometimes found in stratified layers above, instead of below, newer fossils.
Arthur Benjamin, A Formula for Changing Math Education
In this TEDTalk, mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age. Benjamin combines his two passions in "Mathemagics," a mind-boggling presentation of lightning calculations and other feats of numerical agility.
Gift for math
This program seeks to understand the biological basis of humankind's "gift for math"-and why, beyond that baseline computational ability, some people are capable of scaling the highest peaks of mathematical comprehension. Experiments with animals, studies of very young children, cases involving patients with brain injuries, and analysis of brain imaging data are included.
Using What We Know : Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory / Davidson Films.
The opening line of this upbeat program is Teaching is both an art and a science. Filmed in three disparate but remarkable classrooms, the video illustrates how effective learning takes place when teachers combine their knowledge of child development, subject matter, and cognitive psychology. The three teachers combine music and graphic arts with reading, writing, and mathematics lessons in order to fully engage their students’ minds.