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1 GeoGebra Dynamic Mathematics for Everyone Improving Students’ and Teachers’ Motivations in Learning Mathematics with Technology Zsolt Lavicza Faculty of Education University of Cambridge

2 International GeoGebra Institute Overview Aims of the project Developing the project Participation in the project Actions needed for the project Building on the project (Partner Schools)

3 International GeoGebra Institute Aims of the Project To get students like maths more to find what motivates them; how to engage them; how to improve their maths skills How to build and support a sustainable system/network of engaged learners and teachers

4 International GeoGebra Institute What can/should be done? Ask for information from different stakeholders  Students  Teachers  Head Teachers  Policy Makers Develop a training and support systems Trial in a small number of schools Further improve materials Disseminate results system-wide

5 International GeoGebra Institute How the project could be structured? Asking – Questionnaire Analyzing – Analysis of questionnaires Developing – Joint work on training materials Trialing – Try materials in training and schools Improving – Reassess materials based on data Disseminating – Share with wider audience Building sustainability – Partner School Network

6 International GeoGebra Institute Asking Questionnaire

7 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire What motivates  Students;  Teachers;  Head Teachers;  Policy Makers ? (documentary analysis) What difficulties they face? What they wish to have for improvement? What are their beliefs (maths/technology)?

8 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire Exploratory study  Learn about the field and situation  Approach: Grounded Theory (Glaser&Strauss, 1967) Possible structure of Questionnaire  Background (closed)  Exploratory triplets (Maths/Technology) (open) Motivations Difficulties Wishes  Beliefs (for research?) (closed)  Participation/feedback request (closed)

9 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire - Students Background Gender; age; availability/use of technology – home/school; computer skills; extent of computer use; GeoGebra knowledge home- school… Motivation – Difficulties – Wishes  Maths  Technology/GeoGebra Participation Comments Keep it short and simple

10 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire – Teachers!!! Background Gender; age; how long teach; tech skills/usage; % of tech in/out of school; GeoGebra knowledge/usage; equipment availability? (Extended questionnaire here) Motivation – Difficulties – Wishes  Maths  Technology/GeoGebra Beliefs (next) Participation Comments

11 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire - Teachers Beliefs Section – for research purposes (repeated?)  Technology part of Mathematical Literacy  Views on technology-assisted teaching and learning  Factors hindering technology-assisted teaching and learning  …

12 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire – Head Teachers Background of schools Equipment/uses of computers/technology; teachers’ use of technology; support for technology; training; skills; Strategy of school with maths/technology Motivation – Difficulties – Wishes Maths Technology/GeoGebra Participation Comments

13 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire – Policy Makers Possibly not necessary to ask them directly Review of Policy Documents  Curricula  Directives  Recommendations for teachers  Teacher training Documentary analysis

14 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaires

15 International GeoGebra Institute Questionnaire - Decisions Audience – All groups? Coverage – Which schools? Extent – Basic vs. complex? Purpose – Information only or recruitment? Type - Paper vs. on-line? Culture – Suitability/Language for Austria/CzechR Frequency – Once/more times? Other – Many other considerations

16 International GeoGebra Institute Analyzing Analysis of Questionnaire

17 International GeoGebra Institute Analysis of Questionnaire What do we get?  Feedback on current state  Feedback for developments Analysis  Closed items – Statistics (easy)  Open items – Qualitative: Constant comparison (complex) Purpose  Immediate consideration (report on Meeting 1)  Further research (student theses, publications) Who?  Students + Researchers

18 International GeoGebra Institute Developing Joint work on training materials

19 International GeoGebra Institute Aims of NCETM project Establish a group of GeoGebra experts who can lead activities in England Build a network of teachers/professional developers in England Create support network for teachers Find out together how to run professional development activities Develop materials together that are aligned with the English curriculum Write papers and present in conferences Prepare for the establishment of GeoGebra Institutes in England

20 International GeoGebra Institute NCETM project Participants  Teachers with GeoGebra knowledge  9 (instead of 4) teachers from different part of England Work on different levels and topics of GeoGebra Collaborative activities and sharing with the community (local Wiki) To offer support and professional development for teachers in England

21 International GeoGebra Institute NCETM project Data collection  Collecting a pool of GeoGebra materials from participant teachers  Videotape meetings and workshops  Interview participants  Workshop feedback questionnaire Analysis/Outcome  Identify topics/levels in the English curriculum  Incorporate ideas from teachers into development (PD and software)

22 International GeoGebra Institute NCETM project Theoretical framework  Utilising experiences from the LCM and ICTML projects in Norway by Barbara Jaworski and Anne Berit Fuglestad  Utilising communities of practice research and activity theory  Tight collaboration of teachers and researchers (didacticians)

23 International GeoGebra Institute NCETM project A learning community is group of people who (express the intention to) work together on common areas of interest and with respect to common goals -- and learn through the collaborative process. In a learning community, “learning involves transformation of participation in collaborative endeavour” (Rogoff, Matusov & White 1996, p. 388).

24 International GeoGebra Institute NCETM project Encourage teachers to  work together  work with mathematics educators  engage in research activities  evaluate their own work  think about curriculum design  publish their work  concentrate on topics within their own interest  develop networks (locally)

25 International GeoGebra Institute Proposed frameworks Use ideas and theories of NCETM Project Community of Practice (teachers+researchers) Activity Theory (review of development complexity) Together with Design Experiments (countinuous trial and review materials) Grounded Theory for analyzing data

26 International GeoGebra Institute Proposed Actions/Timeline Y1 Sept/Oct: Questionnaire/Analysis Nov: ProjMeet-1: Analysis presentations; development/participation decisions Nov-Feb: Initial material preparation March: ProjMeet-2: Training preparation/schedule March-May: Initial trainings and data collection June: ProjMeet-3: Analysis/discussion of training data – refining training – plans for Partner School Network – Plans for Year2

27 International GeoGebra Institute Disseminating Share with wider audience

28 International GeoGebra Institute Incremental extension/expansion Within project partners Continuous improvement of materials Within regions of the project Trialing in close regions Within project countries Recommending for wider use within countries Internationally Within the IGI Institute Network Developing GeoGebra Partner School Network

29 International GeoGebra Institute Sustainability Building a GeoGebra Partner School Network

30 International GeoGebra Institute GeoGebra Community If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Warren Buffett

31 International GeoGebra Institute World Wide User Community 900,000 unique visitors/month 400,000 downloads /month 6.2 million downloads in 2011 On 5.5 million classroom laptops 62 Languages 190 Countries 100 Institutes (70 Countries) GG in textbooks over 40 Countries 43 Developers 200 Translators 35.000 Online Learning Objects

32 International GeoGebra Institute Visitors from190 countries

33 International GeoGebra Institute GeoGebraWiki – Shared examples

34 International GeoGebra Institute GeoGebraTube Material Platform Direct upload from GeoGebra Rating Comments Florian Sonner, Germany

35 International GeoGebra Institute GeoGebraTube Uploads

36 International GeoGebra Institute GeoGebraForum – Questions/help

37 International GeoGebra Institute Aims of the International GeoGebra Institute (IGI) Teacher training and support  Offer workshops & support Material and software development  Share free materials Research  Encourage and coordinate collaborative research (Outreach)  Enable disadvantaged communities

38 International GeoGebra Institute 100 Current GeoGebra Institutes 70 countries. More coming soon …

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40 Difficulties of serving large communities GIs can reach mostly local teachers/communities Members work in different institutions Large geographical areas to cover If many people involved that results too large staff Maintain independence of work

41 International GeoGebra Institute Towards a GeoGebra Institute network Rather than country-wide institutes, GI network serves better a country’s needs Establishing local institutes, but encourage a coordinating committee (locally decided) Individual application followed by a network application

42 International GeoGebra Institute Institute network case: Spain

43 International GeoGebra Institute Planned Institute Centres Linz, Austria – Software development Budapest, Hungary – Community support Cambridge, UK – STEM and Research Possible other centres

44 International GeoGebra Institute Community and project support Assist the community with  Events  Research training  GeoGebra materials  Activities Distribute responsibilities (Committees)  Research  Coordination  Support  …

45 International GeoGebra Institute Initial ideas for Partner School Network Involve more teachers in the community Schools experimenting with the use of GeoGebra Encourage collaboration among schools and teachers Be able to offer more support Sponsors can donate to schools

46 International GeoGebra Institute What is the GGB Partner School Network? We should figure it out in this project We should hear ideas from teachers and schools We should learn from successes and difficulties of the GeoGebra Institute Network We should have a working and active network What kind of support such system would need? Current ideas: Involve- motivate- support –reward  Students  Teachers  Schools

47 International GeoGebra Institute What are the requirements for GGB-PS? Dedication to improvement of teaching with technology Core group of GeoGebra users (Certification) Train and support all teachers in schools Show activities on GeoGebraTube (channels) Engage in collaboration within, among PSs Local – Regional – National – International Some part(%) of teaching dedicated to GeoGebra Show activities on the School website (Badge)

48 International GeoGebra Institute How to support PSs? Development of:  Certification/reward system for students, teachers, schools  The channel system in GeoGebraTube  Materials for a working system Organization of:  Workshops, events, competitions, contests  Exchange programmes teacher/student (Erasmus) Administration of:  All needs of PSs and try to find financial support  Membership, activities and collaboration It should become prestigious and beneficial for schools being part of the PS Network

49 International GeoGebra Institute Thank you!!! Please comment and discuss any aspects of the project and plans!!!

50 International GeoGebra Institute The Plan Beginning of September Student interviews 3-5 pilot interviews – Write up individual reports Czech-Austria meeting- summarise this report Partner School ideas Keep an open eye what you observe in your school – prepare a 3-5min presentation about your ideas Project advertisement Advertise the project on website and leave space for feedback Project meeting – End of 12-13 October Discuss results from interviews 5min presentation for partner schools Decide about the February seminars

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