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Screencasting as a Tool to Capture Moments of Authentic Creativity

  • Dana C. CoxEmail author
  • Suzanne R. Harper
  • Michael Todd Edwards
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Part of the Mathematics Education in the Digital Era book series (MEDE, volume 10)

Abstract

In the context of working with preservice secondary mathematics teachers (PSMTs) in a course on mathematical problem solving with technology, we tested the potential of technology to both inspire and capture moments of authentic creativity in the mathematics classroom. In a case study of two PSMTs working in partnership to solve a task using Interactive Geometry Software (IGS), we documented a rich narrative based on four episodes of creativity. These four episodes can be characterized as moments of creative insight because they represent moments that inspired either the development of new solutions or strategies (Problem Solving Insights) or spurred new questions (Problem Posing Insights). At the heart of the case is a task that requires constant negotiation and discussion in a digital workspace. Capturing an authentic narrative can be challenging with verbalized thinking alone, as the articulation of insight is not always possible. Screencasts are a tool that captures verbalized thinking as well as on-screen activity. This case study illustrates the power that this tool has in preserving the authenticity of those moments, but also in creating a record of practice to which both students and teachers might refer when making learning processes explicit.

Keywords

Preservice teacher education Problem solving Interactive geometry software Screencasting Modeling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana C. Cox
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suzanne R. Harper
    • 1
  • Michael Todd Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.OxfordUSA

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