In late 2011, Key Curriculum Press launched Sketchpad Explorer, an iPad® app offering an intuitive environment for exploring Dynamic Geometry® mathematics. Sketchpad Explorer gives users access to the vast library of The Geometer’s Sketchpad® mathematics content on the web–including Sketch Exchange®, the Sketchpad Resource Center and dozens of teacher-published websites–where they can view and share sketches across a diverse range of mathematics topics and levels.
In addition to providing unlimited access to a user’s own and others’ Sketchpad documents, Sketchpad Explorer comes with ready-made explorations, in which learners can dynamically manipulate visual mathematical representations to investigate and generalize their understanding of fundamental concepts in elementary mathematics, geometry, algebra, trigonometry and even calculus. Sketchpad users can also create and share documents with and for their iPad using iTunes® File Sharing. Download for free via iTunes.
The full version of The Geometer’s Sketchpad is available for trail on their website, or you can purchase the full version. You do not need the software though to download and use the app.
Sketchpad Explorer connects directly to Sketch Exchange, a free, online community for sharing Sketchpad activities, tips, questions and ideas. Visitors to the site can browse sketches by grade level, topic or tag. A discussion forum is also available for Sketchpad users to encourage the exchange of best practices and new models for learning. In the forum, users can find helpful guidelines for iPad sketch design.
The Sketchpad Resource Center offers sample activities to help instructors teach a wide range of mathematical topics, from counting techniques for third graders to calculus applications and beyond. The site provides a wealth of information, including tips for getting started with Sketchpad, access to technical support, libraries of sketches, user groups, links to presentations and related news and websites.
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