'Real World Math' voting begins today for Fayetteville math video contest

Mon May 5, 2008 1:00pm EDT

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Voters on TeacherTube help award local teachers $10,000 classroom technology
makeover

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Fayetteville math teachers and
students have done their part and submitted their creative videos for the
first-ever Real World Math program and contest, presented by Texas Instruments
(TI) and TeacherTube. Now it's up to the general public to choose the
semi-finalist videos from the high school and junior high levels to win a TI
technology makeover valued at $10,000.
    Beginning today at noon CDT through 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday May 9, the
general public is encouraged to log onto TeacherTube, a Web site that hosts
educational video content, and vote for their favorite video submissions.
    Launched on March 25, 2008, the Real World Math video program challenges
Fayetteville Public Schools' high school and junior high school math teachers
to inspire their students to create videos that showcase how they use math
everyday. The program was designed to help students understand how math is
relevant to their daily lives and how math concepts taught in the classroom
relate to them now and in the future.
    The top twenty semi-finalist videos submitted for Real World Math will be
determined by popular vote and sent to a judging panel made up of
representatives from the Fayetteville and education community, who will choose
the two grand-prize winners based on creativity and the math concept
presented. The winning videos will be announced on Monday, May 19, and the
customized classroom technology from TI will be installed in the winning
teachers' classrooms prior to January 1, 2009.
    "The Real World Math program encourages students to consider how math
learned in the classroom relates to their everyday lives," said Kristen
Scanlon, Director of Federal Programs for Fayetteville Schools. "I encourage
everyone to visit TeacherTube to vote for their favorite video, and see some
examples of how our daily activities employ and rely on fundamental math
concepts."
    How You Vote

    1. The general public can vote by visiting the Real World Math page,
       http://www.teachertube.com/ti, and clicking the "Watch Submitted
       Videos" button located on the left-hand side bar, or by visiting the
       TeacherTube home page, http://www.teachertube.com, and clicking the
       "Introducing Real World Math" icon in the upper right-hand corner.
    2. Upon accessing the voting page, choose the most creative video that
       best showcases how math is used everyday.
    3. Vote by clicking the button located next to each video.


    Unlike many online video contests that simply provide entertainment value,
TI's Real World Math is specifically focused on building a long-term,
grassroots community for teachers to create and share usable content for high
school-level math classrooms around the world.
    About Texas Instruments
    Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide
range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world
applications and enabling students and teachers to explore math and science
interactively. Designed with leading educators and researchers, Texas
Instruments educational technology and services are tested against recognized
third-party research on effective instruction and improved student learning.
Such research shows that use of graphing calculators and wireless classroom
networks in the classroom helps teachers implement instructional strategies
that lead to student collaboration, higher student interest, engagement and
achievement in math. For more than 15 years, TI has worked closely with
educators and administrators to develop student-focused curricular and
supplemental classroom materials, and it supports the world's largest
professional development organization for the appropriate use of educational
technology. More information is available at education.ti.com
    Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop
new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and
more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing,
design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information,
go to http://www.ti.com.
    Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at
http://www.ti.com.
    About TeacherTube
    TeacherTube is an online community for sharing instructional videos.
TeacherTube seeks to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue
for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime,
anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it
is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in
order to learn a concept or skill. Most importantly, TeacherTube community
members are a major part of the evolution of the site. Members are encouraged
to not only upload educationally relevant videos, but also to make
constructive comments and use the rating system to show appreciation for
videos of value to one as an educator or learner. To learn more about
TeacherTube's online community, please visit http://www.teachertube.com.
SOURCE  Texas Instruments

Mari Hancock of GolinHarris, +1-713-513-9574, mhancock@golinharris.com, for
Texas Instruments
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