We use Geometer Sketchpad in the 7th and 8th grade with all levels. The
kids love it and enjoy being able to create the sketches on the laptop.
After this course I plan on implementing it even more.
We usually spend one day playing with the tools. They are then able to
follow directions to work through the explorations on their own or in small
8th Grade Math
> From: Jill Findlay <email@example.com>
> Reply-To: "Discussion list for LEARNING MATH: GEOMETRY"
> Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 15:25:47 -0700
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [Channel-talkgeometry] Geometer Sketchpad
> This was the first time I have ever used Geometer Sketchpad and was
> impressed with how efficient, fun and easy it made evaluating geometric
> shapes and properties. It is a wonderful tool for proving relationships
> between parallel lines and transversals. It is also provides a much more
> efficient way for quickly testing many iterations of an inscribed angle. I
> could see kids really enjoying using this tool because it is quick, and less
> cumbersome than using pencil and paper. It is also fun to quickly see the
> results of your constructions.
> I am wondering if anyone has had experience using this in the classroom. Do
> the students enjoy using it? How long does the process of learning the
> tools in the software program take before they can really begin
> constructions? Do any students find it frustrating or difficult to use?
> Your thoughts on this subject would be helpful!
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