Welcome to my blog! My name is Evanthia Basias, and I have been teaching secondary school mathematics at Hunter College High School, grades 7 through 12 in Manhattan, NY since 1979. I am amazed with technology’s influence on mathematics education since I began teaching and how it can be used to help visualize and explore mathematics.
Even though I have presented workshops on how to use the TI graphing calculator to enhance calculus instruction, I feel technology is advancing too quickly and more online calculators and graphing software is now available and somewhat easier to use in the classroom. I enjoy learning and challenging myself with new technology . For this reason, I attended the 2016 Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics and Technology from June 25 to July 1st for secondary mathematics teachers at Exeters Academy. The primary emphasis of the conference is mathematics focusing on the impact and applications of technology in the classroom and the role of technology in mathematics and science curricula. I participated in two classes on how to use GeoGebra, which is a free, easy software to illustrate and enhance algebra, precalculus, trigonometry and calculus instruction. I learned some key features of GeoGebra while creating class exercises, labs and demonstrations, illustrations and nice diagrams for handouts or tests, and finding, modifying, collecting applets for the library. I was excited to learn about 3-D features of the program which are not available in Desmos and in graphing calculators. By the end, I developed and I hope to continue to discover alternate and powerful ways to make it easier for students to visualize math.
My goal in this blog is to bring some of these ideas back to you. This blog is not only limited to GeoGebra. Any other technology is welcome(Desmos, TI-Graphing Calculators, Geometer Sketchpad, e.t.c.), used effectively in mathematics instruction and I am looking forward to sharing ideas with all of you.