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Students take to software to learn maths

P.S. Senior Secondary School Correspondent A.N. Radhakrishnan (right) greeting Chennai Mathematical Institute Director Rajeeva Karandaka at a workshop held in the school.— Photo: M. Moorthy

P.S. Senior Secondary School Correspondent A.N. Radhakrishnan (right) greeting Chennai Mathematical Institute Director Rajeeva Karandaka at a workshop held in the school.— Photo: M. Moorthy  

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Learning mathematics can be a problem for many students, especially when it comes to understanding concepts and visualising solutions. Increasingly, more schools are looking at free software resources such as GeoGebra to help their students understand the subject better.

GeoGebra brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphs, statistics and calculus to help teachers and students of all levels. “Whenever I have a problem with a concept, I try it out on GeoGebra — for example, some curves can be tough to visualise, so I enter the values on the software, which helps be understand the solution,” Harivallabha, a Class XII student at the P.S. Senior Secondary School explained.

The school has been using the software on smart boards for the past one year.

Many students face difficulty while studying geometry and algebra, and free software solutions could be the key to helping them, Mikko Rahikka from Finland, a resource person for GeoGebra, said.

“The traditional method of teachers drawing a graph on the board has a number of limitations, which can be overcome by using apps like this,” he said.

P.S. Varada Desikan, another Class XII student, said the software had helped him prepare for exams. “Although I often look up concepts on the internet, but being able to play around with a geometry theorem helps me understand it better.”

“The software is available in Hindi, Tamil and even Malayalam, making it easy for students studying in vernacular mediums also,” Sangeeta Gulati, mathematics teacher at New Delhi’s Sanskriti School said. It can be downloaded at http://www.geogebra.org.

A two-day workshop for teachers on GeoGebra kicked off at P.S. Senior Secondary School on Monday. It is funded by the Fulbright Alumni Grant awarded to Revathy Parameswaran, Vice Principal and head of the school’s mathematics department.

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