In this weekly blog, our own Emily Jeanes will be giving readers the lowdown on web apps that educators can use inside Haiku Learning. Emily is the very first Haiku Learning Sales Engineer. Edtech ninja, sci-fi writer, and proud transfer from our award-winning Client Services team, she brings with her a passion for researching, playing with and integrating awesome educational tools into Haiku Learning. Like Haiku Learning, she likes to think she plays well with others.
What is GeoGebra?
From their site: "GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package." From interactive diagrams, activities and worksheets, to complex (gorgeous!) mathematical simulations, GeoGebra brings math and science to life.
In Haiku Learning: GeoGebra offers a simple, yet fully interactive display of a simulation, worksheet, or graph of your choosing–along with a well-sized SSL embed for any resource you can get your hands on. Teachers can choose the size, enable zooming/dragging, and even choose their widget's border color.
- Website: http://tube.geogebra.org/
- Price: Free
- HTTPS Option? Yes, by default
- Account Required? No
Above is an example of a GeoGebra animation. You can select the play button in the bottom left to see the animations or use the sliders in the bottom left. Credit: "Ferris Wheel Carnival Slider" by elmadmongoose is licensed under CC-BY-SA.
How do I get the embed code?
Create or select any existing GeoGebra resource to find the view, embed, and download options. From there, just select the Embed option, and copy the default HTML embed code they offer. It's that quick and painless.
Why should I try it?
Sometimes math + technology = hard, but complex math was one of the original catalysts for building computers in the first place! GeoGebra carries on that tradition by giving mathematical simulations a strong, interactive, visual presence on the web.
I love GeoGebra's huge inventory of already-created simulations and activities that are both visually and intellectually engaging, their easy-to-find embed and upload options, and their community of teachers and students. You can surf through their inventory without even creating an account.
And you know what? It's really fun. I'd write more, but I got distracted looking through their awesome Featured Materials!
For Haiku Learning customers: Are you already using GeoGebra in your class? Share how you're using it in our Community Forum!
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