Mathlets Illustrate Mathematical Concepts
In this video, Prof Haynes Miller describes the dilemma of explaining a concept using a specific example but where the general principal may be missed, versus using a general example only to have students experience difficulty extrapolating to a specific case. The motivation for creating Mathlets came from Prof Miller’s frustration with this dilemma and with the limitations of chalk and blackboard.
These learning tools have been seamlessly integrated into online versions of MIT's basic mathematics courses, and are used in this format both residentially and as MOOCS under MITx.
Mathlets are freely available. For more information, for access to the Mathlets collection and suggested activities and training in their use, please visit mathlets.org.