GeoGebra 4.4 will be released on 1st December 2013. The main change is that the CAS View is much better & faster. You can already try our Release Candidate.
On 1st of December, we will also switch GeoGebraTube to “HTML5 preferred”. This means that we will display materials using our HTML5 applets by default where possible, and deliver Java applets only for older browsers (like Internet Explorer 8). There are a few advanced things that are not fully supported in our HTML5 applets yet (e.g. some LaTeX commands), so please check your GeoGebraTube worksheets by clicking on “View as HTML5 Applet”. If you need help updating your worksheets, please ask in the forum.
We have also added an option in GeoGebraTube to set the preferred applet type, so you can e.g. force an applet to still be shown in Java (Edit Material -> Advanced Settings -> Preferred Applet Type -> Default/HTML5/Java), however the future is definitely HTML5
If you are hosting GeoGebra applets on your own website, please see this important announcement to make sure these applets will continue to work well in the future also.
GeoGebra and our friends at Wikispaces got together to make using GeoGebra in your Wikispaces classroom fun and easy with our new GeoGebra widget!
Why do we like Wikispaces so much? Well, its probably because they are a lot like GeoGebra and our community! Wikispaces is one of those amazing free resources that actually makes teaching and learning easier, interactive, and social. Hmmm, sound familiar?
Not only is Wikispaces probably the best wiki tool available to teachers and students everywhere, it has also inspired a generation of collaborative learners, with as many as 35 million visitors to Wikispaces every month. That’s what we call a critical mass of learning power! Now… mix in a little GeoGebra and what have you got?…dynamic STEM teaching and learning wiki pages everywhere!
Want to read more? Check out what they are saying about GeoGebra on the Wikispaces blog. It’s not only pretty flattering about our community, but also tells you how to get started using the GeoGebra widget on a Wikispaces Classroom page of your own.
Of course, this is only the start to a great new chapter for GeoGebra, and we have lots of plans on how to continuously improve and extend our apps. As always, please let us know your feedback and ideas in our user forum and continue to build the world’s best math tool together.
On August 3 and 4, over 350 mathematics educators, teacher educators, mathematicians, and students converged on Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA for the 4th Annual North American GeoGebra Conference. This is the third year in a row the GeoGebra Institute of Ohio has hosted a free summer conference (Midwest Regional GeoGebra Conference), and the first year for hosting the North American Conference.
Attendees came from across North America and as far away as New Zealand. The conference featured over 50 content-based sessions. In addition to the content sessions, participants who were interested in learning how to use GeoGebra could have attended a 2-day “Newbie” workshop. Participants could also have attended a day-long strand on Digital Ethics, featuring sessions on privacy rights, ethics of digital games, and other digital issues.
The conference was opened by Keynote speaker John Golden from Grand Valley State University. Slides from John’s presentation – Teaching for Creativity – can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/goldenggb13. You can follow John on Twitter @mathhombre.
In addition to the host GeoGebra Institute of Ohio, four other North American Institutes were represented at the conference:
GeoGebra Institute of Maine (James Quinlan)
GeoGebra Institute of Minnesota (Dave Pugh)
GeoGebra Institute of Central Florida (Janet Andreasen, Erhan Selcuk Haciomeroglu, and Maria Capursi)
GeoGebra Institute of South Florida (Ed Knote)
GeoGebra Institute of Canada (Geoff Roulet and Jill Lazarus)
Marcell Endrey is a computer science student from Hungary with an interesting hobby: solving the Rubik’s Cube. Just solving it soon became boring for him, so he started doing it blindfolded! Today, Marcell is the world’s fastest blindfolded speedcuber and currently holds several world records including solving the 4×4 and the 5×5 cube. His current best time on the 3×3 cube blindfolded is 26.13, you can watch him solving 3×3 cube in 26.36 seconds.
Marcell was very successful and is now world champion for blindfolded 3×3, 4×4, 5×5 and multi 3×3 cube solving. We are happy that GeoGebra made it possible for him to participate and live his passion for math and science. Congratulations, Marcell!
The 2013 GeoGebra North American Conference is being held at Miami University in Oxford, OH, on August 3-4, 2013. This free, two-day professional development experience provides participants with 70 interactive mathematics teaching and learning sessions with facilitators and participants from throughout the United States and beyond.
Please see the Conference Program for details on all the sessions arranged by the following strands:
Algebra and Algebra 2
Probability, Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics
Precalculus / Calculus
Early / Middle Grades Learning
In addition, day-long, hands-on workshops are provided within the conference. The two-day Newbie Workshop is designed for new users while our one-day Digital Ethics Workshop explores issues that impact all educators in our digital age – copyright, privacy, and social media.
GeoGebra Institute of Niger is hosted by mathematics teachers of IREM (Institut de Recherches sur l’Enseignement des Mathematiques) at Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (http://uam.refer.ne). IREM is an institute for training mathematic teachers and promoting Math in general in Niger. We are a GeoGebra Institute at the national level and have members from secondary schools and from the University of Maradi as well. Our chair person is Professor Amidou Morou, from the University of Niamey.
One of our main goals is simply to attract more students to raise their interest in mathematics through GeoGebra.
Our institute was born as a result of a great international cooperation, a project called “Use of new technologies in mathematics education” with the University of Cantabria in Spain, whose professors gave an outstanding series of GeoGebra trainings to our high school teachers.
Now, we are happy to pass now this knowledge on to other high school teachers, educational supervisors and students of the University of Niamey and Maradi and promote development of GeoGebra resources in line with the national curricula in Niger. Despite the limited access to internet (appr. 26,5%) in Niger, these series of trainings have involved more than 100 teachers and secondary school inspectors, and more than 8,000 students. For the moment most of the trainings are focused on the content of the subjects taught in secondary schools, namely statistics, trigonometry, transformations and equations.
GeoGebra provides African countries like Niger with a unique opportunity: it is free and very easy to download. This is a software that we have known and used mainly for its graphical aspects: we just love its graphics and that layout curves can be easily exported to other documents.
In the end of June, 2013, our university will join local Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 celebrations with a special GeoGebra session.
We are delighted to see that our community is rapidly expanding in Mongolia, too! Let us introduce today GeoGebra Institute of Mongolia, led by Navchaa Tserendorj, teacher of initial Math teachers’ at the National University of Mongolia.
As a new institute, born in the summer of 2012, our main goal is to make GeoGebra easy to reach for Mongolian educational institutions, professors, students and teachers. The first step on this probably long road was translating the software (GeoGebra 4.0 and 4.2) to Mongolian language since we think getting acquainted with the software in one’s mother tongue is the most essential for it becoming popular. Then we started to organize local workshops: first at the National University of Mongolia, School of Mathematics and Computer Science with 20 participants, then at the Mongolian State University of Education with 100 participants, both held in December, 2012.
Mongolia is quite a big country, its territory is more then 1 500 000 km2. Almost half the population, 1 700 000 people live in Ulanbator (literally “Red Hero”), in the capital. Navchaa, our chair is very enthusiastic about designing video tutorials, which she shares with primary and secondary school teachers to help them introduce GeoGebra into their classrooms. Till now, a huge number, 840 teachers have participated in her video lessons from almost all provinces in Mongolia; this year she is planning to produce some more video tutorials.
This summer we plan to finish translation of GeoGebra 5.0 into Mongolian language. As Navchaa works at the National University of Mongolia as a professor for teaching initial teacher students to Mathematics, and her research focus is the integration of ICT into Mathematics teaching, this year she will integrate GeoGebra into her “Introduction of Mathematical software” course.
Organizing competitions both for students and teachers will be part of our plans for this year to make GeoGebra even more popular and fun.
GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA.
Graphics, algebra and tables are connected and fully dynamic
Easy-to-use interface, yet many powerful features
Authoring tool to create interactive learning materials as web pages
Available in many languages for our millions of users around the world