There are lots of summer bridging activities that promise basic remediation and skill building over the holiday months, but very few of them combine as many maths courses as GeoGebra. And thanks to its recent update, the software offers even more for students, especially since it includes statistics, graphing practice, spreadsheet building, and more.
Interesting, GeoGebra was designed and intended for advanced math users, not casual students, but the full complement of instructional and evaluational tools makes it a great summer practice software. Even better the tools are useful enough that students can actually work at their own pace and self-teach many new concepts.
Best of all, the geometry and algebra instruction is in line with the content students are already being introduced to in school and it’s available open source for non-commercial use. That means classroom teachers aren’t licensed to use it for whole group instruction, but teachers and parents can use it or recommend it for home use. Teachers who do choose to go for the license will find the authoring tool highly useful as it lets the user create interactive and scorable lessons.
“GeoGebra is really for math experts and is a complex application aimed at users who are comfortable with difficult math, but it does have advantages over other applications in that GeoGebra provides multiple representations of objects that are all dynamically linked. Basically, the idea is to connect geometric, algebraic, and numeric representations in an interactive way. This can be accomplished with points, vectors, lines, and conic sections. With GeoGebra you can directly enter and manipulate equations and coordinates, thereby enabling you to plot functions; work with sliders to investigate parameters; find symbolic derivatives; and use commands such as Root or Sequence.”
To check out GeoGebra for yourself and see how it can boost a student’s maths understanding, download the update from FileHippo by clicking HERE.