# The Futures Channel

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- equations
- geometry
- measurement
- shapes
- algebra

- measurement
- engineering

- perseverance

- exploring interests

###### Pros

The videos cover many interesting careers and clearly demonstrate to students the need for math and science knowledge beyond school.###### Cons

The high cost of subscriptions doesn't seem to match the limited support and the non-interactive nature of the site.###### Bottom Line

Videos on The Futures Channel are good but not worth the price tag -- especially with the lack of instructional support.None

Well-produced videos are of a good length, and the topics promote STEM careers very well. The appeal for students is limited, though, as the experience is very passive.

The focus is on career awareness and reinforcement of the idea that math and science are needed for many modern occupations. Unfortunately, the content is presented without any interaction or assessment.

With each video, students and teachers can access a synopsis, (somewhat) relevant lesson ideas, and still photos. Videos don't have closed captioning or audio in other languages.

Teachers could show a video from The Futures Channel as part of a career-awareness event, or to answer the timeless question, "When am I ever going to need this?" However, the videos and activities don't have sufficient pedagogical quality to be used on their own.

Read More Read LessThe Futures Channel showcases a limited number of their vast collection of short (three- to seven-minute) video clips about real-world uses for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills. Non-subscribers can browse several categories, including Agriculture, Art & Music, Design, and Space Science. Associated lesson plans are listed below each video. For a monthly or annual fee, all videos are available for online streaming. Each profiles a project or career that uses science and math and focuses on the types of middle and high school concepts professionals in these careers use. The way the interviewees talk about these skills can seem, at times, forced and artificial. The videos, however, are well-produced with good sound and video quality.

Read More Read LessSome videos have printable lesson plans associated with them. The lessons aren't particularly innovative, but they do reinforce the same math or science concepts mentioned in the video clip. Curriculum alignment is vague, stating major topics and grade ranges ("Geometry 7-11") rather than specific correlation to the Common Core standards. Also, the videos lack accessibility support, with no closed captioning or non-English translations. Though the videos could be a useful addition to classroom lessons, The Futures Channel needs to substantially boost its instructional support to make a subscription worthwhile for teachers.

Read More Read Less## Key Standards Supported

## Creating Equations | |

HSA.CED: Create Equations That Describe Numbers Or Relationships | |

HSA.CED.1 | Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. |

## Expressions And Equations | |

6.EE: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Arithmetic To Algebraic Expressions. | |

6.EE.2 | Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. |

7.EE: Use Properties Of Operations To Generate Equivalent Expressions. | |

7.EE.1 | Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. |

8.EE: Analyze And Solve Linear Equations And Pairs Of Simultaneous Linear Equations. | |

8.EE.7 | Solve linear equations in one variable. |

Understand The Connections Between Proportional Relationships, Lines, And Linear Equations. | |

8.EE.5 | Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance-time graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed. |

## Geometry | |

6.G: Solve Real-World And Mathematical Problems Involving Area, Surface Area, And Volume. | |

6.G.2 | Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas V = l w h and V = b h to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems. |

7.G: Draw, Construct, And Describe Geometrical Figures And Describe The Relationships Between Them. | |

7.G.2 | Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. |

8.G: Understand Congruence And Similarity Using Physical Models, Trans- Parencies, Or Geometry Software. | |

8.G.3 | Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on two-dimensional figures using coordinates. |

## Interpreting Functions | |

HSF.IF: Interpret Functions That Arise In Applications In Terms Of The Context | |

HSF.IF.4 | For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include: intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.★ |

## Ratios And Proportional Relationships | |

6.RP: Understand Ratio Concepts And Use Ratio Reasoning To Solve Problems. | |

6.RP.2 | Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship. For example, “This recipe has a ratio of 3 cups of flour to 4 cups of sugar, so there is 3/4 cup of flour for each cup of sugar.” “We paid $75 for 15 hamburgers, which is a rate of $5 per hamburger.”1 |

7.RP: Analyze Proportional Relationships And Use Them To Solve Real-World And Mathematical Problems. | |

7.RP.2 | Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. |

## Similarity, Right Triangles, And Trigonometry | |

HSG.SRT: Define Trigonometric Ratios And Solve Problems Involving Right Triangles | |

HSG.SRT.6 | Understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle, leading to definitions of trigonometric ratios for acute angles. |