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measurement in motion

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Most measurement-based learning activities pretend that the world stands still. It doesn’t! The Measurement in Motion software brings the mathematics of real life into the classroom. Taking and analyzing measurements is a critical activity in learning both mathematics and science. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to measure and analyze dynamic systems—those that change over time. Measurement in Motion is designed to help students analyze these dynamic systems using video, opening up an exciting area of investigation.

Measurement in Motion is a wonderful educational tool to both build carefully planned learning experiences and for students to create their own investigations.

Here’s how it works...
Measurement in Motion begins with a set of activities that familiarize the user with the program. The activities explore interesting mathematical and scientific content and also serve as examples to spur ideas for new applications.

Measurement in Motion tools

With easy-to-use measurement tools, users create points, lines, angles, areas, and numeric data on each changing frame of a movie. Users can draw lines or connect points to form lines and angles.


Develop graphing concepts
In both mathematics and science, connecting different mathematical representations together builds deeper understanding. Measurement in Motion is designed to let students connect concrete situations in the movies directly to visual data representations (graphs and charts) and to symbolic representations (data tables and formulas). These elements all interact with each other so that, for instance, by changing the values in a table you change the movie display and the graphs as well.

graphic of diver measurement table

line graph of diver's movements

Students analyze information mathematically by simply dragging a variable
from a movie to a graph or a table.

line graph, bar chart, box plot, and table

Students can display information in line graphs, bar charts, box plots, or tables.


Although graphs and tables can be used to communicate, students still need words to express ideas and pose questions. So Measurement in Motion includes text input as well. By linking measurement, analysis, and communication together, Measurement in Motion provides a unique new environment for creativity and learning.

text box

Using the text tool, students can write about their observations and experiences.


Fits your curriculum now, grows with your students later
Investigate the motion of a roller coaster, the relationship of objects to their shadows, or the mathematics of visual perspective. Follow the investigations provided or create your own classroom activities. Activities can be tailored to the complexity of the task—from basic to challenging. And students can import their own movies and original investigations!

Analyze common objects

roller coaster series

In this investigation series, students observe and analyze the motion of common objects like cars, skateboards, and roller coasters. Students chart the motions on graphs of speed and distance over time.


Create your own activities
With a video camera, students can take their own movies and create digitized QuickTime movies on the computer. With Measurement in Motion they can take measurements from these movies and analyze the results using a wide variety of graphs and tables.

Students learn a great deal from both teacher designed activities, and explorations they design themselves. A healthy mix of using, creating, and sharing these activities among students can help build an exciting educational dynamic.

typhoon movie

Take your own movies and load them into the computer. Add a variety of measurements on each movie frame. Display information in line graphs, bar charts, and more. Describe what you see with the text tool.


The creators of Measurement in Motion
Measurement in Motion was designed by Learning in Motion with assistance from the Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Michael Jay.

See Measurement in Motion in action! See how researchers and educators use this adaptable product.