I was reading something today about making the class hour into things that are short bits so we don't loose a students attention. So I did some playing around with Keynote and created this problem I could import into my Smartboard presentation.
This has a visual to catch their interest with the problem at the bottom. I created the slide and simply exported it as an image when I was finished. I think the students might find this way a bit more appealing than straight words.
I wondered about other things I could do to engage student interest so they want to work. The video was created using Keynote and exported as a quicktime movie. I plan to use this as a "writing" prompt.
I could import this short video into my Smartboard presentation and show it to the students just before I have them do a writing assignment. I've tried regular prompts but my students have problems writing using a prompt on the board. I'm hoping that something like this will inspire them to write.
Let me know what you think. Tomorrow I'll be including another quick-time video that I did on solving one-step equations and uses the equation from this prompt.