Bringing Dynamic Geometry to Three Dimensions: The Use of SketchUp in Mathematics Education

Nicholas H. Wasserman (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 99
EISBN13: 9781466680906|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6497-5.ch004
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Contemporary technologies have impacted the teaching and learning of mathematics in significant ways, particularly through the incorporation of dynamic software and applets. Interactive geometry software such as Geometers Sketchpad (GSP) and GeoGebra has transformed students' ability to interact with the geometry of plane figures, helping visualize and verify conjectures. Similar to what GSP and GeoGebra have done for two-dimensional geometry in mathematics education, SketchUp™ has the potential to do for aspects of three-dimensional geometry. This chapter provides example cases, aligned with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, for how the dynamic and unique features of SketchUp™ can be integrated into the K-12 mathematics classroom to support and aid students' spatial reasoning and knowledge of three-dimensional figures.
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