Christophe Alpacca is a mathematics teacher and coordinator at the European School in Varese, Italy. With his students, he creates math videos which he makes available on YouTube.
For a year, he has been working on the use of the digital tablet in class with a French colleague, Ms. Benhassine, in a pilot class at a level equivalent to the 5th year of secondary school. He wanted to share it all with us!
For this digital project on tablets, in order to have the pupils revise or to make them discover a new notion, Christophe has created mathematics videos, in which the teacher is a little avatar he named Henri.
"It seemed interesting to me that the students didn't see their teacher, even if the little avatar has my voice, of course."
The vast majority of students are very enthusiastic because they can attend an à la carte course. They master the rhythm of the lesson by pressing pause or by backing up. For the memorization of a course, these videos involve the visual and auditory register at the same time.
Afterwards, he encouraged the students to put together their own videos, in small teams.
I started from the principle that a student who knows how to explain a notion or a resolution of an exercise is a student who has distance and who masters the notion that he explains.
If this approach interests you and you want to know more, consult the full article on LudoMag! You can also find out more in the article Teaching with digital tablets: an example in math class, on the EduProNet website.