Using new technologies to engage and support English language learners in mathematics classrooms

Robert Pritchard, Susan O’Hara, and Jeff Zwiers have recently published a chapter in Cases on Technology Integration in Mathematics Education, edited by Drew Polly (2015).  The chapter is entitled “Using new technologies to engage and support English language learners in mathematics classrooms.”

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Executive Summary

“An emerging body of research is demonstrating the potential of new technologies such as iPad and phone apps, wikis, blogs, podcasts, and web-based editing tools for significantly improving the academic language development of English language learners. The authors of this chapter present an expanded definition of academic language, explain why these new technologies are important, and discuss how they can be used to provide effective and innovative mathematics instruction to English language learners. Three classroom vignettes demonstrate specific ways in which a variety of technologies can be implemented across grade levels to meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice and Content.”

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