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Student Engagement in Mathematics

Rainbow DSB (2015)

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This video provides a glimpse into a grade 8 mathematics classroom in the Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury, Ontario. It shows peer-to-peer learning enabled by technology and provides an example of face-to-face professional learning while using technology in the classroom.

This video highlights how a classroom educator and technology coach work together to support technology integration in the mathematics classroom. It highlights how technology, like tablets and interactive white boards, are used to support strong pedagogical foundations. This approach has deepened student learning by furthering opportunities to collaborate and share their thinking.

Themes and IdeasThemes and ideas:


  • New pedagogies*
  • Co-learning
  • Role of a technology coach

Viewer's ListThis video is for:
  • Classroom educators
  • Technology coaches

Discussion QuestionDiscussion questions:
  • What are some of the benefits of student-generated portfolios in mathematics classrooms?
  • How can student-generated portfolios support a growth mindset towards mathematics?
  • W hat are the benefits of using an app (e.g., Socrative) as an ‘assessment for learning’ tool? How can this support individual learners?
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  *New pedagogies can be succinctly defined as:
  1. New learning partnerships between and among students and teachers.
  2. Deep learning tasks that re-structure the learning process towards knowledge creation and purposeful use.
  3. Digital tools and resources that enable and accelerate the process of deep learning.

Fullan, M., & Langworthy, M. (2014). A rich seam: How new pedagogies find deep learning. London: Pearson.

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