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Title: Teacher orchestration and student learning during mathematics activities in a smart classroom

Authors: Emma Mercier

Addresses: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1310 S. 6th St., Champaign, IL 61820, USA

Abstract: A key factor in the successful implementation of smart learning technologies in classrooms is the teacher. In this paper, the use of a computer-supported collaborative mathematics activity, NumberNet, is examined in light of the teachers' roles and use of the technology. Two teachers, each with their classes of 15-16 students, worked on NumberNet on two consecutive days. Pre and post tests, and video recordings of the class sessions were collected. Results replicated prior research that indicated NumberNet was associated with increased mathematical flexibility and fluency. Case studies of the teachers show that they adapted the activity to match the mathematical abilities of their students. The teachers used the orchestration tools to change the task difficulty and move between small group and whole class activity to support the students' learning.

Keywords: classroom orchestration; teachers; CSCL; computer-supported collaborative learning; smart classroom; mathematics education; adaptive expertise; multi-touch tables; teacher orchestration; smart learning; educational technology; mathematical fluency; mathematical flexibility; small group activities; whole class activities; learning support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMARTTL.2016.078160

International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning, 2016 Vol.1 No.1, pp.33 - 52

Available online: 03 Aug 2016 *

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