Today we at Magma Math are happy to announce our partnership with GeoGebra!
It has only been a few months since FETC in January when we met Robert Pontecorvo, Assessment Lead at GeoGebra, for the first time. Robert, with more than 30 years of experience teaching math and coordinating district efforts, has this to say about the partnership:
I was initially introduced to the fantastic people at Magma through former colleagues at my previous district, and we at GeoGebra are excited to partner with them now. This collaboration with Magma, will enhance the cohesive and uninterrupted learning experience for districts that utilize both GeoGebra and Magma. We are confident that this partnership will also enable us to better serve the needs of more school districts and their students.
Just like Magma, GeoGebra is a European based company founded in Austria 2001 by Markus Hohenwarter. Their graphing tool is widely used in math classes all over the world.
So what does it look like for students in Magma? Here is an example included in the first release which is now live on the platform.
The student is asked to find the zero of the function. As shown, students can now interact with the GeoGebra coordinate system in the drawing area and teachers will be able to follow students' thinking just as any other question type on Magma.
A key target of the deep technical integration has been to make sure graphing is not only offered as an add on, showing up in a new window, but instead becoming a natural way to show your work and solve questions. This is emphasised by Fanny Lindevall, Head of Student Learning Experience at Magma:
We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with GeoGebra, which perfectly aligns with our vision of delivering a highly interactive and immersive learning experience to our students. By seamlessly integrating GeoGebra into our curriculum, we are taking our students beyond the traditional graphing experience, allowing them to solve problems and demonstrate their understanding by engaging with interactive graphs and coordinate systems.
Other examples of question types now live on the platform include drawing lines and plotting points.
Above students are asked to plot multiple points. Below students are asked to draw the line by selecting points. Both problems can be automatically corrected and students can get instant feedback.
Offering different types of questions has been another target of this partnership, as it will allow students and teachers to cover and test different standards. E.g. plotting points corresponds to CCSS 6.NS.8 and drawing the line to 8.EE.6 for those using Common Core.
Amy Abdelsayed, Director of US Curriculum at Magma, has been leading the development of new question types and has this to say about the partnership:
Our partnership with GeoGebra is highly beneficial as we strongly believe that our K-12 curriculum is best experienced when students can engage with it through a variety of interactive tools. Through our dedicated efforts in deeply integrating GeoGebra with our content, we are confident that it will amplify our manipulative experience and elevate the quality of learning for our students.
And the best part? We are just getting started. The plan is to release more interactive questions, manipulatives and graphing questions already by the start of fall semester 2023. Stay tuned!