[GeoGebra] GeoGebra Conference, July 14-15, Linz, Austria

  • From: Markus Hohenwarter <markus@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: GeoGebra News <geogebra-news@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 16:44:17 -0400

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the First International GeoGebra
Conference to be held in the Castle of Hagenberg (near Linz, Austria)
on 14-15 July 2009. Please find detailed information about the
conference program and registration on this website:

http://www.geogebra.org/en/wiki/index.php/GeoGebra_Conference_2009

The primary aim of the conference is to discuss which directions
the GeoGebra community should take in the future.
Therefore, the conference will be organized in a working group format
(see descriptions of working groups below). Each group will engage in
discussions for two days, report their ideas and findings to other
groups, and write up their conclusions after the conference. In
addition, we aim to publish these reports on the IGI website and
in a journal.

To participate in a working group please submit a 1 to 3 page summary
about your ideas. For example, you can describe your current work with
GeoGebra, your ideas for further developments, your wishes, vision,
and plans, etc. Working group participants are expected to read the
documents of their own group before arriving at the conference. If you
wish to make a presentation, it will be possible during the first
session of your working group, but presentations are restricted to a
maximum of 5 minutes (3 to 5 slides) each. You can also submit
additional materials such as papers, worksheets, and curriculum
materials to the working group chairs and they will post them on the
supplementary materials section of your working group website.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is May 25th. All proposals
will be accepted (although we have to limit the size of the conference
to 180 participants) as the goal of the conference is to share ideas
with the GeoGebra community. Should you have any questions concerning
a specific working group, please contact your working group chairs.

We will soon release the new version GeoGebra 3.2 with a spreadsheet
view, automatic animations, and support for 45 languages. You can
already try it at http://www.geogebra.org in "Future" as Pre-Release. Also,
you may be interested to know that we are already working on CAS and
3D extensions for future GeoGebra versions.

We are looking forward to meeting you in July in Linz.

Best wishes,
Markus, Zsolt, and the GeoGebra Team


***** GeoGebra Conference Working Group Descriptions *****
http://www.geogebra.org/en/wiki/index.php/GeoGebra_Conference_2009

A) Software Development & Open Source
* Contacts: "Markus Hohenwarter" <markus@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Michael
Borcherds" <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Jason Aubrey"
<aubreyja@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

The primary aims of this working group are to exchange ideas/plans for
future extensions of GeoGebra and organise its developer community.
Current projects include extending the data analysis and spreadsheet
capabilities of GeoGebra and improving CAS integration into the
software. In addition, some work has been already carried out on the
3D extension of GeoGebra. As an open-source project with a large user
base, the future development of GeoGebra will be substantially
influenced by the needs and desires of the GeoGebra user community and
by the strength and cohesiveness of the GeoGebra developers. The focus
areas of this working group can include:
* exploring the possible extension of GeoGebra features currently
under development;
* developing and evaluating a wish list for future extensions;
* scheduling and distributing work (e.g., utilising collaborative
software development tools);
* investigating the needs of the user community to identify priorities
for future development;
* exploring resources for future developments and supporting developers;
* investigating the technical and social aspects of extending,
maintaining, and managing a healthy and active open-source development
community.

B) Online Systems & Open Educational Resources
* Contacts: "Anders Sanne" <Anders.Sanne@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "Morten
Misfeldt" <mmi@xxxxxx>, "Josep Maria Fortuny Aymemí"
<JosepMaria.Fortuny@xxxxxxx>, "Philippe Richard"
<philippe.r.richard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

This working group aims to explore the role and use of GeoGebra in
relation to Online Systems and Open Educational Resources with the
following topics of interest:
* Collecting information about already existing projects and resouces;
* Developing ideas for research and development projects;
* Exploring and further developing the GeoGebraWiki (e.g., increasing
its usability for local user communities, sharing resources
effectively and with ease);
* Developing online professional development resources for teachers;
* Utilising online learning management systems (e.g. Moodle and/or
Portfolio systems), online collaboration platforms (e.g. Wikis) as
well as online assessment and tutorial systems to assist the teaching
and learning mathematics with GeoGebra;
* Exploring possible extensions, features, tools and commands to
enhance the usability of GeoGebra in online environments;

C) GeoGebra in Primary Schools
* Contacts: "Yves Kreis" <yves@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Irini Chrysanthou"
<i.chrysanthou@xxxxxxxxx>, "Alison Parish" <A.J.Parish@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

This working group aims to investigate the potential of GeoGebra for
teaching and learning mathematics in primary schools (ages 6 - 12).
Thereby, we will focus on the following topics:
* Collecting information about already existing projects and ideas in
the use of GeoGebra in primary schools;
* Developing ideas for future projects;
* Designing professional development resources for primary school
teachers to facilitate the introduction of the software and to foster
successful uses of GeoGebra at this level;
* Discussing potential applications of GeoGebra and the development of
instructional resources in primary grades;
* Encouraging the creation and sharing of instructional resources
(e.g., lesson plans, activities, dynamic worksheets, GeoGebra files)
to create a usable pool of GeoGebra-related materials for primary
grades;
* Discussing opportunities for international collaboration;
* Creating a wish list for features, tools and commands that support
the use GeoGebra in primary schools;

D) GeoGebra in Secondary Schools
* Contacts: "Susan Papp-Varga" <vzsuzsa@xxxxxxx>, "Evelyn Stepancik"
<estepancik@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Judith Hohenwarter" <judith@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

This working group aims to investigate the use of GeoGebra for
teaching and learning of students in secondary schools (ages 11 to 18)
discussing the following topics:
* Collecting information about already existing projects and ideas in
the use of GeoGebra in secondary schools;
* Developing ideas for future projects;
* Designing professional development resources for secondary school
teachers to facilitate the introduction of the software and to foster
successful uses of GeoGebra at this level;
* Discussing potential applications of GeoGebra and the development of
instructional resources in secondary grades;
* Encouraging the creation and sharing of instructional resources
(e.g., lesson plans, activities, dynamic worksheets, GeoGebra files)
to create a usable pool of GeoGebra-related materials for secondary
grades;
* Discussing opportunities for international collaboration;
* Creating a wish list for features, tools and commands that support
the use GeoGebra in secondary schools;
* Investigating the use and applicability of other technological
resources such as Interactive Whiteboards (IWB), voting systems, and
learning managements system (e.g. Moodle);
* Discuss possible methods of facilitating the documentation of
GeoGebra-related classroom activities and the use of GeoGebra as an
authoring tool for secondary school teachers;

E) GeoGebra at Universities and in Teacher Education
* Contacts: "Anita Dorfmayr" <anita.dorfmayr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Linda
Fahlberg-Stojanovska" <lindas@xxxxxxxxx>, "Mike May, S.J."
<maymk@xxxxxxx>, "Chris Sangwin" <C.J.Sangwin@xxxxxxxxxx>,
Patrick Johnson <patrick.johnson@xxxxx>

This working group will explore the use of GeoGebra at universities
and in teacher education. Topics of interest include:
* Developing GeoGebra materials in accordance with standard of
university-level courses;
* Examining the incorporation of GeoGebra into automatic homework
evaluation systems;
* Evaluating techniques for using GeoGebra effectively in large
lecture classes and in on-line courses;
* Elaborating on the usability of GeoGebra in university-level assessment;
* Discussing issues in relation to pre-service teacher training (e.g.,
the connection of a learning objective, a GeoGebra activity, a lesson
plan, key examples, and an assessment procedure);
* Examining various methods of professional development;
* Exploring issues in developing textbook support for use of GeoGebra;
* Creating a wish list for features, tools and commands that support
the use GeoGebra at the university level;

F) GeoGebra Institutes & Research
* Contacts: "Zsolt Lavicza" <zl221@xxxxxxxxx>, "Tomas Recio"
<tomas.recio@xxxxxxxxx>, "Zekeriya Karadag" <zekeriya@xxxxxxxxxxx>

This working group aims to brainstorm ideas for developing
international collaborative research projects, to promote the
development of new research ideas and priorities of projects, and to
find out how to find and assist funding opportunities for both for
research and pragmatic purposes. The preliminary list of topics to be
discussed in this working group:
* Developing and prioritising research ideas/topics;
* Supporting and sharing local and international research projects;
* Sharing information about international funding opportunities;
* Investigating postgraduate student funding options;
* Assisting the establishment of local GeoGebra Institutes;
* Assisting the collaboration between GeoGebra Institutes;
* Encouraging publications and dissemination;
* Exploring opportunities for professional development in local and
international communities;
* Designing a functional and effective IGI website and Wikis

-- 
Markus Hohenwarter, PhD
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Florida State University, www.fcrstem.org

GeoGebra: www.geogebra.org
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