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Gaining momentum: GeoGebra inspires educators and students around the world

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Author(s): Markus Hohenwarter | Zsolt Lavicza

Journal: GeoGebra : The New Language for the Third Millennium
ISSN 2068-3227

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: GeoGebra Information | GeoGebra Comunity | Software Development

ABSTRACT
The use of technology is slowly becoming a substantial part of today’s education. Although due to the increased accessibility of affordable computing technologies in the 1980s and 90s it was predicted that computers would become rapidly integrated into mathematics teaching and learning (Kaput, 1992), technology uptake in schools has been considerably slow. The current expansion of technology use took a new unconventional direction: a bottom-up, community-based collaborative development, catalyzed by Internet-based communities and increasingly available community-developed software packages. During the past decades it has been demonstrated that a large number of enthusiasts can alter conventional thinking and models of development and innovation. The success of open source projects like Linux, Firefox, Moodle, and Wikipedia shows that collaboration and sharing can produce valuable resources in a variety of areas of life. While working on the open-source project GeoGebra we are witnessing the emergence of an enthusiastic international community around the software.
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