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Thursday, November 12 • 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Illustrative Mathematics + Geogebra + Moodle = Great Teaching and Learning

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This session will show participants how to use an OER Moodle (or Canvas, D2L, or Schoology) course shell to increase the asynchronous collaboration and communication between students and teachers using the Illustrative Mathematics middle school math curriculum that has been incorporated into Geogebra. Illustrative Mathematics is an openly licensed, highly acclaimed standards aligned middle school math curriculum designed for face to face instruction. GeoGebra is an openly licensed interactive mathematics software suite for learning and teaching Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from primary school up to the university level.The Geogebra version of the curriculum provides synchronous teaching and learning capabilities suitable for video conferencing instruction. Moodle is the most widely used Learning Management System in the world and it focuses on interaction and collaborative construction of learning content. Moodle is also openly licensed. The Moodle LMS course shells are available at Moodle.Net ( they can be downloaded without creating an account on MoodleNet; just choose Browse > OER > Moodle Courses > [click on the name of the course].) and they can be uploaded into Canvas, Schoology, and D2L (I expect they would load into Blackboard, too, but that hasn't been tested and very few K-12 schools use it.)

The LMS shell enables the synchronous teaching and learning to be extended asynchronously and increases the ability of students to collaborate and communicate with each other and their teacher. The LMS shell also adds multiple ways to assess learning, and it enhances the ability to use Geogebra-Illustrative Mathematics in a face to face mode so that transitions from distance learning to face to face learning, or vice versa, will be easier.

The instructional content included can be used immediately wherever middle school math is taught in English. Spanish versions of Illustrative Mathematics are available but not yet included in the Geogebra versions. Both Geogebra and Moodle translate the user interface instructions into many languages - but not the content. Having the user interface language translated into their own language will be beneficial to Non-English speakers. The Geogebra version of Illustrative Mathematics uses graphics and digital manipulatives which will make the content easier to use and require less translation than text based instructional content. The open source translation capabilities and focus of both Moodle and Geogebra make this combination useful in many parts of the world. It’s an example of Creative, Innovative, and Effective use of Open Educational Resources and Practices with Global usefulness During the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond.

This combination of open content and open software will serve as a model of other similar combinations.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will know how to access and use a creative, innovative, and effective Open Educational Resource and two complementary openly licensed educational software applications with global usefulness during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Dan McGuire

Executive Director, SABIER
Dan McGuire is the Executive Director of the Stone Arch Bridge Initiative for Education Resources which is a non-profit that provides professional development for faculty to increase skill in using Open Educational Resources.  Dan has more than 30 years of experience innovating... Read More →

Thursday November 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:25pm EST
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