SFU prof translating learning app into Indigenous languages

January 13, 2016

A mathematics education professor at Simon Fraser University has been working to translate her early-numbers learning app into the Ojibwe and Nuu-chah-nulth languages. Nathalie Sinclair is a Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning who designed the TouchCounts app to help children use touch to learn numbers. “Early-number learning and language revitalization is pretty much a dynamite combination,” said Sinclair, who is working with educators and youth in northern Ontario and northwest BC to develop versions of the app in different Indigenous languages. Sinclair added that she is interested in translating the app into more Indigenous languages and that another goal of the project is to explore how the different languages structure numbers and to “preserve different ways of thinking about numbers.” SFU