Bluetooth Speaker for Math Class

BY Carol Chamberlain Hebert

Barnstable High School

Project Description

When showing video clips of topics covered in class, or movies related to the curriculum, the speaker will help make the lesson more accessible as the students will be able to hear what is being said.

An example, recently in AP Statistics class we were doing a problem about a woman’s claim that she could smell Parkinson’s disease.  The lesson began with a video clip from CBS news about the story and then the class conducted an experiment to determine the probability that she was (or was not) able to smell a disease. Class ended with a follow up video on the same woman.  It showed a real life problem that Statisticians would be asked to investigate.

The only issue we had was the sound – the speakers I have are low quality – lots of static and not loud enough for a classroom.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The students enjoyment of being able to hear the alternate method of instruction.

Benefit to the students and the school

In many of my classes, Statistics in particular, I show video clips or movies from my laptop showing the math concepts we are covering in class or an introduction to the topic. The biggest limitation is the sound. If I had a Bluetooth speaker to use, it would make the lessons more understandable as the students won’t have to struggle to understand what is being said.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)