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ERIC Number: EJ1160080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
An Emoji Is Worth a Thousand Variables
McCaffrey, Tony; Matthews, Percival G.
Mathematics Teacher, v111 n2 p96-102 Oct 2017
In this article, the authors discuss the potential of the icon-based mathematical games, emoji math and mobile math, to promote student engagement with and understanding of algebra. They describe how these games serve as accessible entry points for algebraic thinking and that, in contrast to traditional symbolic algebra, the use of these icon-based games appear to be more meaningful to many students. Because the games correspond to symbolic algebra, the authors suggest that they may serve as powerful bridging functions for fostering students' understanding of symbolic algebra in typical classrooms. (A bibliography is included.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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