BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE FOR LEARNING MATHEMATICS - THE CASE OF GEOGEBRA
Johannes Kepler University (AUSTRIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The interactive mathematics learning tool GeoGebra is used by millions of teachers and students worldwide on desktops and laptops. This open source software tool allows students and teachers to create, share and collect interactive mathematics materials immediately on an online platform with already more than 400k shared open educational resources. The use of such technology offers new possibilities for the teaching-learning process of STEM subjects and supports both teacher presentations as well as student-centered experimentation and explorations.
In this study, we want to present recent developments and plans concerning the use of GeoGebra in blended learning scenarios based on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. On the one hand, we will show current prototypes of native GeoGebra tablet and smartphone apps and their advantages compared to web-based solutions. On the other hand, we will present a simplified learning management system (LMS) called “GeoGebra Groups” which allows easy sharing of both privately authored and publicly available GeoGebra materials. While there are many general purpose LMS available, most of them require cumbersome file handling when using authoring tools like GeoGebra. Furthermore, they usually focus on student use for homework. With GeoGebra Groups we are trying to simplify file-handling for student-authored content and also support real-time collaboration, commenting and feedback in BYOD classrooms in connection with the native GeoGebra desktop, tablet, and smartphone apps.