Using Geometer's Sketchpad

Geometry is one of the most visual courses in high school mathematics. The Geometer's Sketchpad is an electronic ruler and compass for today's technological geometry classroom. This module is designed to familiarize teachers with this new tool through interactive tutorials and then to demonstrate how it can be used effectively in the teaching of geometry.  Credit: 1 grad. sem. hr.

Common Core Standards for Mathemtical Practice that are emphasized include:

Using the Geometer's Sketchpad in the Mathematics Classroom was written by Jeremy Bartusch of the University of Illinois in November 1996. It was revised by Tony Peressini in January 1998, and by Tom Anderson in March 2004 and again in October 2011 for Sketchpad Version 5.

Detailed Description

Geometry is one of the most visual courses in high school mathematics. Ruler and compass constructions are the backbone of this visual presentation. At last, technology has caught up to the ruler and compass! The Geometer's Sketchpad is an electronic ruler and compass for today's technological classroom.
This module is designed as an interactive tutorial on how to use the Geometer's Sketchpad software, and an introduction to how this application can be used to teach geometry and to produce classroom resources with plane geometry components.
Module 9, Dynamic Geometry With Geometer's Sketchpad, proceeds much further with the instructional uses of this remarkable software.
 

Required Materials

 

In addition to the general requirements for participating in Math Teacher Link, this module also has the following requirement:

Step by Step Instructions

For Geometer's Sketchpad beginners, it is likely that completion of the five interactive tutorials will require about 35 hours. The time required for the classroom project will depend on the size and complexity of the project you select, expect the final project to take about 10 hours to complete. You can do the work at school or at home, and you can fit it into your schedule however you see fit. We recommend that you set aside some time, about ten hours each week, to work on the module. This should enable you to finish each unit within 15 weeks from the time that you start. The full content for this course is accessible by going to our Moodle Working Environment. You can access all of the content as a guest. If you choose to enroll in the course, then you are also given access to the area where you turn in your work for grading and receive support from us.