The project was an overwhelming failure - and now it has become a different success that I am proud of.
First the failure. My students did not use the resource. I tried to sell them on the idea but failed. The time, effort, and resources were wasted. It failed for two main reasons. One - very few of my students had high speed internet at home. Today it is still shocking how little access my students still have. Two - my students rarely did (or do) homework.
As time has gone on other people have been finding my videos. Comments from students all over have been filtering in.
THIS IS AMAZING, YOU'RE A LIFESAVERR!! = )
Thank you so much! Now I get it haha. THANKS! >_<It is obvious that the comments have been coming from students - not teachers. People are finding my videos useful. The hours I put into creating them have not been wasted.
Last week one of my math videos even hit 10,000 views. I am not sure why that particular video has been viewed so many times. (Yes I realize that you aren't anybody on YouTube until a video has hit half a million hits). It is not one of my better ones - in fact I created it on a whim and almost didn't upload it.
This year some of my students have finally started using the resource. Finally. When a sub teacher comes in they prefer to watch my videos than listen to somebody else explain the concept. They are used to the way that I teach. It is about time.
This fall near the beginning of the school year some of the Central Office staff started getting excited about online learning resources like the Khan Academy. One of our consultants mentioned my name and pointed out that I had already done this with my math videos. (Thank you Donna.) For the record I think that most of the assistant superintendents had already seen my videos but had merely forgotten about them. Sometimes it feels good to be on the right end of the curve.
The math video project is still a failure. The students that I am paid to teach have not really used it a lot (and my goal was to help MY students). I can admit the failure but I am still proud of what I created and what it has accomplished.