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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Math Meets Pop Culture

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Assignments aligned with pop culture—specifically, popular television shows and Internet videos—are interesting to students and provide simple ways to engage them in the learning process. This session will discuss creative and analytical strategies in ensuring that these assignments are meaningful and professional, in addition to being fun and memorable.

Join us for a mathematics class assignment that paired a "Shark Tank"-like TV concept with an element of the Internet’s "TED Talks." Initial assignments brought mediocre results until the math instructor collaborated with a speech instructor. Two plus two plus storytelling speech effects equaled meaningful and memorable videos. Strategies covering both pertinent content and successful storytelling and delivery were stressed.

Along with having to thoroughly understand the mathematics involved, the students gained the confidence to talk to both a live audience and a virtual audience (the camera!). The videos were then used for future semesters as examples of the good and the bad.

Videos of a couple of the projects along with lessons learned, by both the students and the instructors, will be shown during the session. Also, other project ideas will be shared with a challenge of incorporating these projects into any field of study.


Angela Fishman


Rosemary Martinelli

Marketing Communications Consultant/PSU Faculty

Saturday March 21, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 204

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