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Just What Online Resources Are Elementary Mathematics Teachers Using?

, Bucknell University, United States ; , James Madison University, United States ; , , Bucknell University, United States

CITE Journal Volume 19, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


The question of how elementary teachers choose tasks has been widely discussed in the field of education. However, these studies have not adequately addressed the increasing use of online resources by elementary mathematics teachers. The authors of this study surveyed 601 elementary mathematics teachers in the United States to examine the trends in the teacher selection of elementary math tasks from online resources. They discuss the relationship between different websites, various selection criteria used to find mathematics activities, and teachers’ years of experience. They found a significant relationship between number of years teaching and the use of paid resources and the appeal of visual components of an activity, yet they did not find a significant relationship between years of experience and time spent searching online for an elementary math activity. In sum, this project, by closely examining the trends in teacher selection and use of elementary math tasks, sheds new light on the thinly acknowledged issue of the use of websites and tasks by teachers of elementary mathematics.


Shapiro, E.J., Sawyer, A.G., Dick, L.K. & Wismer, T. (2019). Just What Online Resources Are Elementary Mathematics Teachers Using?. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 19(4), 670-686. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved April 7, 2020 from .