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# The Benefits of Geometers Sketchpad GSP by gegeshandong

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Angela Heiden
CEP 805
• GSP allows us to automate, simplify and
•   GSP gives us multiple ways to represent
knowledge and thinking
•   GSP increases our bag of teaching tricks
because it enables us to reach our students in
different ways.
•   GSP can be used for multiple classes (Geometry,
Trigonometry, Methods courses)
Automating, Simplifying and
• Students can draw multiple constructions
in very little time
• Students can make different changes to a
construction and not have to redraw it
• Mistakes are easy to fix, just undo
Representing Knowledge and
Thinking
• Students can manipulate drawings to see
how area and perimeter are related
• Students can manipulate drawings of
triangles to see how all angles add to 180
degrees.
• Students can use it to explore the
Pythagorean theorem
Students learn in different ways.
GSP increases our bag of teaching
tricks
• For students who are visual learners, they
can experiment with the drawings and see
how things are effected.
• Students can be given hands-on lessons.
Students learn by doing.
GSP and Geometry

• GSP can be used to draw constructions
much quicker than by hand.
• Students can manipulate a figure and see
how area and perimeter are related.
• Many lessons are available on the internet.
GSP and Trigonometry

• Students can draw multiple triangles, do
calculations and see how all angles add to
180 degrees regardless of the size. All of
this can be done using GSP.
• GSP can be used to help explain difficult
concepts like the ambiguous Law of Sines
GSP and Methods Courses

• Children learn by doing and enjoy using
software.
• There are many lessons on the internet
geared towards younger children.
Conclusion
• GSP allows us to automate, simplify and
• GSP gives us multiple ways to represent
knowledge and thinking
• GSP gives us other ways to teach our
students and can increase learning
• GSP is applicable to many mathematics
classes
Let’s adopt GSP now and improve
our teaching and students’ learning

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