Promoting transformative changes in mathematics teaching and learning in elementary schools through international online collaboration.
Wednesday, October 17 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Jubilee Ballroom 1
Abstract: This paper describes experiences and results of an online collaboration between College of Staten Island (New York, USA) and Vladimir State University (Vladimir, Russia). The project included collaborative development of curriculum materials for teaching geometry in elementary school with GeoGebra and jointly taught synchronous course on how to integrate best practices with technology into teaching elementary school mathematics for pre-service elementary teachers (PSTs) in both countries. Online course followed by classroom implementation of GeoGebra lessons developed by the participants during their student teaching practicum. The preliminary analysis showed that while Russian PSTs outperformed American PSTs in geometry, American PSTs demonstrated more positive attitudes towards using computers in teaching. Analysis of videos suggests that participants from both countries developed different levels of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) with about the same distribution in each country. This project proposes a model of innovative international collaboration that could be implemented in teacher education programs to promote transformative changes in teaching and learning.