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Geometer's Sketchpad

OK so Geometer's Sketchpad is really a good program - what are some of the best ways to use it in your geometry class?

Nancy Wallace

Could you share more information on the Geometers Sketchpad? URL?

[ report as inappropriate ] August 4, 2006, 12:00 am


George Warriner

Geometer's Sketchpad is a dynamic geometry modeling program. It brings "life" to geometry and it also brings algebra and trig into the mix.

It is a very well supported software program, but it takes some prep by the teacher to make use of it - it requires some discovery learning to take place.

Here is a site with activities:
http://www.keypress.com/sketchpad/general_resources/classroom_activities/index.php

[ report as inappropriate ] August 5, 2006, 12:00 am


rfant

I am very familiar with G. Sketchpad.
However, being a web enthusiast, I wanted to do a lot more with JavaSketch. Unfortunately, Key Press has not done a lot with that portion of the program.

Several months ago I discovered an open-source program called GeoGebra. It beats GS hands-down in many respects, especially the Java portion. Because the entire thing is written in Java, the web is its native home.

Advantages:
1) It's free!
2) You can write JavaScript around it (in the web page) to make the file very interactive.
3) The support forum is absolutely fantastic.
4) As easy to use as GS.
5) Students can download it and work at home.
6) Students can work from your web page and save GeoGebra files to their own computer.
7) Did I mention, IT'S FREE.

See some of my files at:
1) http://robertfant.com/Java/GeoGebra/GraphLine.html
2) http://robertfant.com/Java/GeoGebra/GraphLineGivenTwoPoints1.htm
3) http://robertfant.com/Java/GeoGebra/TrigFunctionTranslations(Period).htm

As you'll see, some of these are not complete yet (projects I'm working on), but for the most part you'll get a feel for what GeoGebra can do.

Well, If you're interested in this program, we'll see you on their forum in the near future.

Robert

P.S. I'm new to Teachade.com but I think this is a very COOL idea, or at least has potential.

[ report as inappropriate ] January 29, 2007, 12:00 am


rpmuskett

Geomters Sketchpad is a little tiugh to master but once your teachers do. They will use it. I incorporate
United Streaming video segments and real life photos to extend the geometry lesson.

[ report as inappropriate ] May 21, 2007, 12:00 am


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