TPACK for Teaching Elementary Mathematics through Math-Making Virtual Makerspaces

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    Anjali Khirwadkar
    Brock University
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    Candace Figg
    Brock University
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    Shannon Welbourn
    Brock University
  4. Kimberley Pelchat
    Brock University

Abstract: Preparation for teaching in digital classrooms and designing learning environments for students immersed in a digital society is becoming increasingly important in teacher education programs where there is an urgent need for preservice teachers to be prepared to create meaningful digital learning experiences. Mathematics teacher educators have been successfully using makerspaces as learning environments that provide avenues of play, experimentation, and interdisciplinary connections while expanding preservice teachers’ understandings about the omnipresence of mathematics in daily living. However, the 2020 pandemic brought with it the need for all teachers, even university professors, to adjust delivery of instruction. This poster paper presents the research-based design decisions necessary to re-envision mathematics makerspaces for virtual delivery and preliminary case reports of the experiences of both teacher educators with making ‘math making’ virtual.


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