Mathematics is an essential element of our world today. We use Maths in our day to day lives and most of the time we do not even realize it. One has to be able to measure out ingredients, count money, and determine limits for buying, paying, cooking, and comparing.
Most students enjoy Mathematics but many concepts are abstract and hence take time to be mastered. Variables, equations, and the dreaded story problems can be difficult to figure out and understand. DPSG, MEERUT ROAD always strives to make learning a pleasurable experience. Considering this fact, when I came across a dynamic software named GeoGebra and tried to incorporate it in Numeracy teaching and learning process, I found that it added a whole new dimension to the process.
GeoGebra is an interactive application for all levels of education that brings together – geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics, and calculus in one easy to use package. I used it for graphic representation of variables, clarifying the concepts, holding practice sessions and verification of knowledge etc. It was of a great help in facilitating the concepts of addition (with and without carry), subtraction (with and without borrowing), place value of numbers and multiplication. Since it is quite user friendly too, I asked my learners to try the activities in it themselves. For them, it made maths more visual. Through game-like activities, it encouraged multisensory, child-centered and playful learning. It provided them immediate feedback (positive and negative) and motivating rewards. What amazed me was the fact that it wonderfully caters to all the individuals. As each child finishes the tasks at his/her own pace, the level can be altered as per the need etc. Though as a facilitator, we come across many apps, tools, games that simplify the concepts but I found out this one to be a flexible and comprehensive one as it can be applied in different contexts and branches of mathematics.
By:- Aakriti Tyagi (PRT, DPSG)