Synchronous Online Discourse in a Technology Methods Course for Middle and Secondary Prospective Mathematics Teachers
Tina Starling, Hollylynne Lee, NC State University, United States
CITE Journal Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
The authors present examples of analysis of online discourse and interactions among prospective middle-grades and secondary mathematics teachers in a technology methods course. The online group met synchronously using Elluminate Live (now Blackboard Collaborate) to study data analysis and probability with dynamic technology tools. Analysis of class sessions included broad lesson maps, which captured instructional decisions, big ideas related to content, use of technology and general discourse. Critical episodes, where prospective teachers seemed to address common misconceptions and develop their own understandings about data analysis and probability, were identified and analyzed further. Trends related to design and management and discourse in the synchronous, online environment are shared, and implications for further work with online technology methods courses are considered.
Starling, T. & Lee, H. (2015). Synchronous Online Discourse in a Technology Methods Course for Middle and Secondary Prospective Mathematics Teachers. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 15(2), 106-125. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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