Many of the topics we teach in geometry come alive with the motion provided by the Geometer Sketchpad (GSP). For example, our unit on transformational geometry includes reflections, translations, rotations and dilations. With GSP, we can take our basic skills and create sketches that move in front of our eyes and reinforce the concepts.
Part of the goal of GSP activities is the exploration of concepts, and ultimately coming to solid conclusions based on observations that inspire or confirm the definitions and theorems we have learned
Another goal is increased confidence and competence in using the software, saving files on the network, emailing files, annotating diagrams
Our final project in this unit is to build a kaleidoscope in GSP. The project requires students to bring together all their skills as well as their artistic side.
GSP also connects algebra and calculus concepts with geometry.