Digital Storytelling in early mathematics education


Ulutaş İ., Kılıç Çakmak E., Coşgun A. A. , Bozkurt Polat E., Aydın F., Engin K., ...More

in: STEM, Robotics, Mobile Apps in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Technology to Promote Teaching and Learning, Papadakis Stamatios,Kalogiannakis Michail, Editor, Springer, London/Berlin , London, pp.393-413, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: Springer, London/Berlin 
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.393-413
  • Editors: Papadakis Stamatios,Kalogiannakis Michail, Editor

Abstract

In recent years, technology has been widely used in teaching mathematics to support students’ thinking skills in early childhood. Although there are many online games and applications with mathematical content, the fact is that most of them are limited to particular concepts or acquisitions. Digital storytelling provides a gateway to math concepts and mathematics skills by engaging children in both mathematics and technology. Strengthening the knowledge and experience of teachers according to the latest technological developments will enable them to integrate their digital stories into mathematics education. The purpose of this study was to conduct Digital Mathematics Stories Training with early childhood teachers and examine their experiences with this training. At the end of the week-long theoretical and practical training with 30 teachers, it was determined that the teachers experienced increased self-confidence, were motivated toward creativity and production, and demonstrated an enhanced ability to integrate mathematics and technology. During the study, teachers were amazed at the extent to which they advanced their limited digital competencies. Their anxieties transformed into productivity and self-confidence.