University of Augsburg (GERMANY)
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Appears in: INTED2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 4295-4303
ISBN: 978-84-613-5538-9
ISSN: 2340-1079
Conference name: 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-10 March, 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain
In the context of the project “InnoMathEd – Innovations in Mathematics Education on European Level” ( prof/dida/innomath/) we focus on the development of pupils’ key competences and their ability to use ICT for learning processes in mathematics. The paper deals with the advantages of learning environments in general and the specific use within didactical concepts und methodological strategies. We focus on dynamical geometry software (DGS) followed up by the presentation of practice examples of the free DGS GeoNext and the corresponding Worksheet Creator. Some of the materials (using ICT like DGS, raytracing software and spreadsheets) were published on the web at in the context of the fostering of mathematically gifted pupils.

InnoMathEd is a project funded by the European Union: Ten partners from eight European countries aim at the development of substantial innovations in mathematics education. Pupils are given the chance to develop deep mathematical understanding, to acquire key competences that are essential for lifelong learning and to use ICT, especially dynamic mathematics, for individual and cooperative learning processes. For that purpose didactic concepts, pedagogical methodologies and innovative learning environments for pupils are developed, tested, evaluated, disseminated and exploited on European level. They focus on pupils’ active, self-responsible and exploratory learning.

Learning environments can be helpful to foster pupils’ development of independent but also cooperative learning. At home they can be a catalyst for preparation and exercise whereas in school they might be useful in sharing and developing solutions in couples or teams. Especially in mathematics education where studies like PISA or TIMSS have proven that today’s pupils have difficulties in thinking logically and develop own ways of solutions for mathematical problems it is essential to find ways to encourage the activity with mathematical challenges. Dynamical geometry software is one way to get pupils more interested in the subject. This might lead to an increase of activity and interaction in class.
ICT, mathematics education, lifelong learning, cooperative learning, independent learning, European project.