Screencasting and Early Mathematics Learning

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Screencasting is a digital recording process that captures an individual’s actions on a computer screen and accompanying sounds and speech. For many years, educators have produced screencasts to share information, offer feedback to students, and support literacy skills. More recently, teachers and researchers have begun to recognize the potential educational benefits of having students produce screencasts of their own thinking and learning. As mobile technologies such as iPad® devices become more common in elementary classrooms, screencasting applications offer opportunities to support and strengthen learning and teaching in early mathematics. Research suggests that when students use screencasting apps to record their own mathematical problem-solving strategies, students may develop deeper understandings of mathematical concepts, and teachers may gain greater insight into students’ mathematical thinking. This brief describes the potential that screencasting offers for supporting early elementary mathematics learning.

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