Though its name implies a fondness for the teachings of Euclid, GeoGebra is a more than just free program that teaches geometry. This comprehensive software also includes algebra, tables, graphing, statistics, and calculus, and is appropriate for a range of ages from elementary school to graduate school.
Although an HTML5 version of the program is available at present its developers want to bring GeoGebra’s dynamic approach to mathematics to the iPad as a standalone app. Thanks to their successful Kickstarter campaign, they will be able to create a mobile version of GeoGebra.
GeoGebra makes math more interesting to teach and more intuitive to learn.
The app will include:
- Graphics, algebra and tables are connected and fully dynamic
- Easy-to-use interface, yet many powerful features
- Authoring tool to create interactive learning materials as web pages
- Available in many languages for our millions of users around the world Free and open source software
Unlike many Kickstarter projects, GeoGebra doesn’t offer backers a chance to pre-order the app because when it is produced it be free to download, just like it’s currently free to use on GeoGebra.org. Pledge $50 for a shout-out on the GeoGebra website or $250 for a T-shirt and a website acknowledgement. Backers with a strong interest in how the final product turns out can pledge $500 to receive closed beta access to the app prototype. It may seem pricey, but GeoGebra users have spoken; at present this slot is almost sold out.
It’s exciting to see a project such as GeoGebra succeed on Kickstarter because it reinforces the Internet’s singular ability to bring like-minded people together more easily than at any other time in history. While GeoGebra might not have the widespread appeal of some of the iPad accessories that receive funding on Kickstarter, its proponents are devoted enough to raise enough funds to meet the project goal.
GeoGebra for iPad will be produced because it is already funded at 114%, but the funding period ends this Friday, October 19, 2012, so don’t procrastinate if you want a chance to check out the app’s closed beta.