Teacher Review For Geogebra

Geometry and algebra united creating an engaging environment for learning and demonstrating what has been learned.

Crystal J.
Classroom teacher
Buckhannon Upshur High School
Buckhannon, WV
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My Grades 9
My Subjects Math
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I demonstrate the connection between geometry and algebra with the tool, and follow that with demonstrating how to use GeoGebra to create a simple construction. I provide some written instructions for a more complex construction along with questions they need to answer as they manipulate their constructions. Students then design real-world constructions such as the design of a house or other structure and use the basic concepts they've learned to support their designs. I did find that I had to download and install the app for times when the internet connection is slow or nonexistent. The setup took longer. A structured learning environment with guiding questions was necessary to help students migrate a more open ended problem.
My Take
This is an excellent teaching tool to demonstrate concepts of constructions and how they can be used. It also lends itself for proving many algebraic concepts while providing the visuals that can reinforce how the different maths are related and intertwined. Starting the learning process earlier in the students' careers they can accomplish an earlier mastery to use the application for more complex mathematical concepts. One problem I found difficult for students is the help manuals is not always friendly for the lower level performing students.