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Digital Technologies in Designing Mathematics Education Tasks

Potential and Pitfalls

  • Allen Leung
  • Anna Baccaglini-Frank


  • First volume devoted entirely to issues on designing mathematical tasks in a digital teaching and learning environment

  • Provides the latest research insights into design models and mathematics education tasks within different digital environments

  • Introduces adaptations of existing theoretical constructs and new theoretical perspectives used in designing tasks in digital learning environments

  • Traces developments and rationales for educationally sound purpose of digital technology in the mathematics classroom


Part of the Mathematics Education in the Digital Era book series (MEDE, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Theoretical Considerations

  3. Task Design in Dynamic Geometry Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Marta Venturini, Nathalie Sinclair
      Pages 77-98
    3. Anna Baccaglini-Frank, Samuele Antonini, Allen Leung, Maria Alessandra Mariotti
      Pages 99-120
  4. Task Design in Interactive Digital Platforms

  5. Issues in Digital Task Design

About this book


This book is about the role and potential of using digital technology in designing teaching and learning tasks in the mathematics classroom. Digital technology has opened up different new educational spaces for the mathematics classroom in the past few decades and, as technology is constantly evolving, novel ideas and approaches are brewing to enrich these spaces with diverse didactical flavors. A key issue is always how technology can, or cannot, play epistemic and pedagogic roles in the mathematics classroom. The main purpose of this book is to explore mathematics task design when digital technology is part of the teaching and learning environment. What features of the technology used can be capitalized upon to design tasks that transform learners’ experiential knowledge, gained from using the technology, into conceptual mathematical knowledge? When do digital environments actually bring an essential (educationally, speaking) new dimension to classroom activities? What are some pragmatic and semiotic values of the technology used? These are some of the concerns addressed in the book by expert scholars in this area of research in mathematics education. This volume is the first devoted entirely to issues on designing mathematical tasks in digital teaching and learning environments, outlining different current research scenarios. 


Cognition in digital interaction Dynamic interactive pedagogical environments ICT in the mathematics classroom Mathematics task design using technology Task design in mathematics education Technology in the mathematics classroom

Editors and affiliations

  • Allen Leung
    • 1
  • Anna Baccaglini-Frank
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education StudiesHong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon TongHong Kong SARChina
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics “G. Castelnuovo”“Sapienza” University of RomeRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Digital Technologies in Designing Mathematics Education Tasks
  • Book Subtitle Potential and Pitfalls
  • Editors Allen Leung
    Anna Baccaglini-Frank
  • Series Title Mathematics Education in the Digital Era
  • Series Abbreviated Title Mathematics Education Digital Era
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43421-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82820-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43423-0
  • Series ISSN 2211-8136
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-8144
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 352
  • Number of Illustrations 107 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    Computers and Education
    Mathematical Software
    Learning & Instruction
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Leung and Baccaglini-Frank’s Digital technologies in designing mathematics education tasks: Potential and pitfalls offers much to readers interested in the potential of technology to transform mathematics teaching and learning. I applaud the editors and contributors for creating a volume that highlights both the potential and need for caution when designin and presenting students with digital tasks.” (Kathryn M. Rich, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Vol. 103, 2020)

“This is a book on the benefits and drawbacks on using digital technology in designing lessons and activities in the math classroom. … the book offers its reader a very diverse and up-to-date study of these technologies. I highly recommend this book for those instructors who want some fresh ideas or are in search for valuable digital tool-based task design approaches for students to engage in meaningful mathematical experiences.” (Peter T. Olszewski, MAA Reviews,, May, 2017)