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Reshaping the learning experience in mathematics: The potential of the Math Shake app


Murphy, C and Calder, N, Reshaping the learning experience in mathematics: The potential of the Math Shake app, Proceedings of the DEANZ Biennial Conference "There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education", 17-20 April 2016, Hamilton, New Zealand, pp. 101-105. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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With the recent proliferation of mobile devices and apps in the primary mathematics classroom there is a need to consider how their use is reshaping learning experiences. As part of a co-inquiry study on the use of apps by practising teachers and researchers, this paper focuses on the use of one app, Math Shake, which is used to support students in solving word problems. The app combines the use of digital tools to support calculation strategies with screen casting. The dynamic, visual and haptic affordances of the app, along with the screen casting feature, enables students to record their mathematical thinking and processes. Responses from teacher and student interviews were analysed in relation to an emerging theme on affordances. Their responses related not only to affective aspects such as motivation, risk-taking and confidence, but also to the creation of a dynamic, visual and aural representation of the studentsí thinking that would not be possible otherwise. The process of verbalisation along with the manipulation of images, drawing and writing in a safe environment that the student controls would suggest a change in the learning experience.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Math Shake app, screen casting, mathematical thinking, representations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
ID Code:121570
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-03
Last Modified:2017-11-16

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