This paper shares many important examples of using real world photography and GeoGebra software in teaching math to all students including the ESOL population. ESOL learners can benefit immensely from the use of real-world photography imported into GeoGebra software because new vocabulary and math concepts are concretized. Students are often excited and motivated by photography and technology. Thus, this paper will demonstrate how mathematics teachers can insert photos into GeoGebra Software and then explore math concepts relevant in the photographs, i.e. shapes, symmetry, measurement, fractions, parabolas, etc. By using software and a visual approach to teaching math with photographs, many of the Common Core and state math standards are met while also helping all students including the ESOL learners. GeoGebra software is available as a free download and many school districts are adopting this software in their classrooms as it is a powerful tool for teaching and connecting geometry, measurement, and algebra. The authors advocate teaching mathematics using authentic and relevant materials such as photography and technology in meeting the needs of all students, particularly the ESOL learners who have limited English language skills. Undoubtedly, using photographs is one way to motivate ESOL learners to learn mathematics and English simultaneously.
Furner, Joseph M. and Yahya, Noorchaya
"Using GeoGebra, Photography, and Vocabulary to Teach Mathematics while Aiding our ESOL Populations,"
Transformations: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/transformations/vol6/iss1/3