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Software for algebra and geometry

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From: Murrel (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Nov 20, 2000 at 21:23:02
Subject: Re: Software for algebra and geometry

I taught the applied geometry classes last year (struggling students) and
used Geometer's Sketchpad with them. This is a dynamic geometry program in
which students investigate geometric concepts. There is a book of
investigations, "Exploring Geometry with Geometer's Sketchpad" that takes the
guesswork out of getting started with students. It takes them some time to
get used to the fact that they have to read and follow directions and it
works best when they are in pairs. One is the reader and the other is the
operator. Both are involved and they must learn to "talk geometry" in order
to understand each other. They are very used to being told what to think, so
another challenge is to help them learn to make conjectures, but the "light
bulbs" that go on as a result of being actively involved and really thinking
are exciting to behold! If you decide to try the program and have further
questions, please don't hesitate to let me know! Good luck!

 -Murrel, for the T2T service

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