Social Annotation and Math

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There is great benefit in teaching students how to read about mathematics. It is not uncommon for students in mathematics courses to quickly consult their textbooks when completing a problem set or searching for a formula. Yet it is also advantageous for students to engage more substantively with primary mathematics sources through both reading and writing activities like social annotation — especially when encountering a complex concept for the first time, or when explaining how they solved a problem. Social annotation is also a productive complement to mathematics courses given the prevalence of open educational resources (OER) in mathematics education, as Hypothesis easily integrates with leading open-textbook publishing platforms such as Pressbooks, OpenStax and LibreTexts.

Watch short clips from Liquid Margins 8: “Solving Problems in the Margins: Annotating Math,” with Matt Salomone, Professor and Chairperson of Mathematics, Bridgewater State University.

Get the entire equation by viewing the full Liquid Margins 8 episode.