I have been toying with ideas for projects in my classroom that will require students to create and produce projects in Math.

I already have them create cartoons to solve word problems but I realized last night I could have the students use the cartoons to instruct people in learning to do a certain process in math. There are at least two books on Amazon that use cartoons to teach algebra. Currently, I have them use Zoodle Comic as it allows them to spend more time on creating the actual comic strip then worrying about drawing things.

Since I joined a Stop-Motion in Education google group, I've been playing with ideas for using stop motion to create a project. I've thought of things like using numbers, variables and operations, made out of play dough and then filmed so the terms move around and show how something is solved. Then add a voice over to it and perhaps add background music. Or maybe use small decorated rectangles that move around a step at a time with a Gumby like creature on the side explaining.

Of course, I am thinking of ways to integrate a green screen into this too. Perhaps I can have students utilize the green screen to shoot a "reporter" in front of a video that shows something mathematical such as the octane of gas and how its found? Or basketball stats for the local basketball team? Perhaps even create a rap on something like order of operations, types of slope, etc.

Maybe even take all of these to create a math book over the year. Have them use iBook Author to create an interactive book with the videos, comic strips, raps, etc so they have a portfolio to show the growth in their work.

I found a nice app that sort of uses comics and cartoons to teach with. I hope to review it tomorrow.