Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vi Hart (I sure am late to the party, aren't I?)

Is there anyone reading this blog who hasn't already seen Vi Hart's videos?  I guess the infinite elephants is my favorite.

But then the doodle games she mentions in the Snakes+ Graphs video sound too cool, too. I'm not much of an artist, but maybe if I watch her enough, I'll get inspired. (I tried transcribing the parts about the 3 doodle games, but she talks way too fast. Maybe she'll eventually transcribe this one, like she has some of the others.)

Great article about her in the New York Times today, too.


  1. That is incredibly (INFINITELY) cool!!!!!
    I'm even later to the party, and really appreciate you showing me this little wonder. Can't wait to share it!

  2. Thanks for letting me know that at least one person found this post useful. :^)

  3. there is an article about her in the Science section of today's New York Times, which you can see online.

  4. Thanks for sharing this Sue! I found her blog. I may have a new hero.

  5. Sue,

    I wonder how many math teachers - at any level - would have the courage to encourage their students to doodle mathematically? And how many would be willing to let their students discuss their math doodles - take them seriously, in other words?

  6. Her implication, of course, is that she's doodling because the class is sooo boring. It would be great to have a student who liked my class and doodled.

  7. Here's her site (with blog, music, math, etc, etc.): vihart.com

    Some like the Platonic fruits. I like the baroque hand-cranking.

    and the camels (which I have shared with bunches of students)

  8. Thank you for sharing this post with us. This young woman is amazing, I wish I could draw like that, I wish I could talk as fast as she does.
    I wonder how many more students we would be able to reach if we used a similar approach once in a while.

  9. Ana, you made me think of something Maria Droujkova has said. I can't find the exact quote, but... Most education research measures how well a method works for the whole group. She'd like to see research that says this method really helps 5%, and this other method really helps 8% of kids. Then we mix and match all the cool methods, and find what works for each kid.

    Abandon the factory model of schooling!


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