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Problem Pictures: A Review

I recently ordered both CDs currently available from Problem Pictures

There is a lot to recommend about them:

  • The pictures are very professional and clean.
  • The CDs are organized as a local web site – you use your browser to scan them.
  • The images are available in different sizes, and are all easily dragged and dropped into other applications.
  • Each page has some fairly straightforward questions that go along with it.
  • For those of use that hate having the teachers edition, the answers (or hints to the answers) are nicely hidden away. For several days of browsing, I didn’t even know they existed. That encourages teachers to use their brains before just presenting the stuff to our kids.
  • One of the CDs is organized by mathematical categories, the other by distinctly non-math themes. I slightly prefer the former, but the second one helps me rethink how I present information to the kids.
  • The images (as far as I have found) do not have much overlap between the two CDs – both are worth looking at.

The particular image up there I spent quite some time with – overlaying vertical & horizontal lines, to break apart the two axes of motion. For that image alone, I think the cost of the CD was worth it.

There are drawbacks – not so much from the products point of view, but because it doesn’t perfectly meet my needs. I don’t have to teach geometric progressions or the fibonacci sequence as part of my standards. I need stuff that fits linear equations, or systems stuff. I’m not sure whether that’s really readily available in image form, but the focus seems to be just around but not exactly what I need. Furthermore, I’d like to recommend this to my school. However, we have a number of teachers who plug straight through the book, dutifully checking the teacher’s edition when they get confused, and I’m not sure this is well suited to that sort of teacher.

Still, I’ll run it by our math coach (provided she hasn’t been sent back into the classroom) and see whether I can talk her into it. It’s gotta be at least as worthwhile as that full shelf search and shade library that she has.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. MrTeach | January 11, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Love the picture. Very timely as I’m starting a unit on force, gravity, and motion with my 5th graders. I’ve already created my lab to follow discussion.

  2. Dan Meyer | January 14, 2009 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the review on this. Almost threw down on it before and I’m more tempted now.