“The graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and 3D math!” (geogebra)
Type of software: Interactive website (web 2.0)
Primary User: Teachers and students will both utilize this tool, use is intended for upper-elementary aged students (middle & high school as well) students who are beginning to perform geometry and algebra in the classroom. Not suited for lower grade students who are still learning basic math skills
-Ability to create your own worksheets as a teacher. These worksheets can also all be combined into a ‘book’. Teacher can add tags to these worksheets for their students to search and access them.
-Teachers can also create groups for their class where they can access all the materials
-Ability to modify searches based on age, type of material and even language
-Available for download on tablets, iPads and iPhones
-Apps to create materials (geogebra apps), which can be used in the classroom or at home by students to practice
Ease of use: Software is somewhat difficult to navigate, especially the materials page. I had difficulties figuring out what to create and how to because there are multiple options. However, this can be remedied with a short ‘tutorial’ in class. It is simple to search for the tags and open the books and worksheets.
Ability to maintain interest: Working a book is more interactive and engaging for students. The particular worksheets that I created only generate one problem at a time, therefore preventing distraction. There are also no ads or pictures on the website for advertisement.
It is also possible for the teacher to select a ‘Difficulty Level’ therefore the problems will not be too difficult and students will maintain their motivation and interest.
Feedback from teachers:
“It allows teachers to plan and deliver better lessons”
“It allows teachers to connect with other teachers”
Feedback from students:
“It makes math tangible”
“It makes math accessible and available”
A few limitations:
Not all students may be able to access the website or app at home
Some students may benefit more from doing work strictly on paper (all learners are different)
Schools may not have the ability to provide all students with a tablet for students to use during class time
No explanation is provided on certain applets for incorrect answers
1. Creating and distributing practice problems can be time-consuming and not individualized
In order to remedy this issue, there are pre-made applets that teachers can select to create their worksheets. Teachers can periodically post practice problems for students to work on and compile them into a book that allows them to study for the test. Students can then select which topic they need review on and practice. In doing so, teachers are saving themselves time and students are able to select what they need individual practice on. They receive immediate feedback to their answers therefore allowing them to ask for help if needed.
2. Students sometimes are inaccurate in drawing graphs which causes their answers to be incorrect
To promote accuracy classes can create their own problems to solve (circles and lines). They can create practice problems for themselves or their classmates online. For example, students can generate lines on the app and print this out. With this, their lines are accurate and the points can easily be read. Students sometimes have trouble estimating distances on a graph, but with one quickly generated online they can see it more clearly.