Facilitating and Supporting Mathematical Discourse of Teacher Candidates Both Online and Face-to-Face with the Use of FlipGrid
Abstract: Flipgrid is an online video discussion platform designed to empower learners and facilitate social interaction between students. It can provide a medium for meaningful discussion centered on content. This best-practices paper will describe instruction with the use of FlipGrid during a hybrid mathematics methods course. This pilot study examined the use of FlipGrid in modeling and engaging students in meaningful mathematics talk to develop content knowledge for teaching. With the use of purposeful questions by the instructor, teacher candidates engaged in problem solving with a mathematics task, effectively communicated their mathematical reasoning via FlipGrid during an online course session, and then revisited the mathematics to develop a deeper understanding during face-to-face (F2F) instruction with a selection of FlipGrid videos played back and analyzed. Expecting students to use FlipGrid on their own as part of the online component of a hybrid course with follow-up and extension during F2F instruction was an effective technique to (a) engage teacher candidates in meaningful mathematical discourse, (b) model facilitating math talk with the support of technology, and (c) provide an experience for teacher candidates to reflect upon as they develop their own mathematics content knowledge for teaching and skills to teach with technology.
Presider: Na-Young Ryu, Penn State University