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GeoGebra freedom to explore and learn

GeoGebra freedom to explore and learn We start by visiting the maths section of the web site answers.yahoo.com. Here, anybody can ask a question from anywhere in the world at every possible level. Answers are given by anyone who wants to contribute and then askers/readers rate the responses. A brief look here and it is starkly clear that our young people are struggling and their ability to think logicallythat is understand a problem, organize data into knowns and unknowns, explore possibilities and assess solutions is definitely on the decline. In our opinion, this is more insidious than the actual decline in their overall mathematics skills. Further, one is struck by the fact that technology seems to be contributing to this decline when in fact it should be the opposite. We then examine two question/answer cycles in detail and show how the freeware GeoGebra (www.geogebra.org GeoGebraWiki: www.geogebra.org/wiki GeoGebraForum: www.geogebra.org/forum)which gives the freedom to explore and learn to everyone, everywhere and at any timecan be of tremendous value to pupils and students in their understanding of mathematics from the smallest ages on up. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press
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The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org
ISSN
0268-3679
eISSN
1471-6976
DOI
10.1093/teamat/hrp003
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Abstract

We start by visiting the maths section of the web site answers.yahoo.com. Here, anybody can ask a question from anywhere in the world at every possible level. Answers are given by anyone who wants to contribute and then askers/readers rate the responses. A brief look here and it is starkly clear that our young people are struggling and their ability to think logicallythat is understand a problem, organize data into knowns and unknowns, explore possibilities and assess solutions is definitely on the decline. In our opinion, this is more insidious than the actual decline in their overall mathematics skills. Further, one is struck by the fact that technology seems to be contributing to this decline when in fact it should be the opposite. We then examine two question/answer cycles in detail and show how the freeware GeoGebra (www.geogebra.org GeoGebraWiki: www.geogebra.org/wiki GeoGebraForum: www.geogebra.org/forum)which gives the freedom to explore and learn to everyone, everywhere and at any timecan be of tremendous value to pupils and students in their understanding of mathematics from the smallest ages on up.

Journal

Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMAOxford University Press

Published: Jun 23, 2009

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