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Subject:   RE: TI83 Graphing Calculator Online
Author: BruceTchr
Date: Aug 20 2005
On Aug 20 2005, MarcJL wrote:
> I am a second year teacher about to teach geometry for the first
> time.  Geometer's Sketch Pad seems to offer an excellent environment
> for developing a geometry intuition.  

Problem: does this justify
> the investment in having kids learn GSP?  
Should I just use java
> applets instead?
Is there some independent benefit for the kids in
> mastering GSP?
Is there a big risk of frustration if kids get
> bogged down in GSP?

Do you have a computer lab, or do the students have laptops with them? Without
such access, GSP makes littles sense. I have used GSP with my students, and
found it useful, but had to prepare about 10 days of lessons (self guided
instruction) before students could use it well.

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