GeoGebra Institute FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about establishing a GeoGebra Institute
What is a GeoGebra Institute?
A Local GeoGebra Institute (GI) is established by a group of GeoGebra users (typically from universities and/or schools) who develop and share educational materials, organize events (like conferences, workshops, competitions) and/or conducting research projects. These local GeoGebra Institutes are supported and coordinated by the International GeoGebra Institute (IGI), our non-profit organization behind GeoGebra. In order to establish a local GeoGebra Institute, you need to send an application form to the International GeoGebra Institute in order to become an officially accredited GeoGebra Institutes.
GeoGebra Institutes are all about sharing: they try to facilitate mutual building and sharing of community knowledge around the use of GeoGebra as it is developed collaboratively by us: programmers, students, teachers and researchers – not just a few people. We really seek to establish and would like to see, self-sustaining, empowered user communities both at a global and at a local level.
Why is it worth to set up a local institute?
Some quotations from our GeoGebra ambassadors:
- "I love the freeness of GeoGebra, not only in terms of price but also in terms of the liberty to implement my ideas freely” (Anthony, Hong-Kong)
- "GeoGebra is synonymous with sharing. There is a wonderful forum which provides excellent support. All the more, it is shining all over the world and this can help the teacher to better teach mathematics to learners” (Mehdi, Tunisia)
- “It was beautiful to watch and it seemed to open up a floodgate of creativity in my mind” (Micky, UK)
- “I was surprised and excited to see one of my own apps used in a demonstration of GeoGebra such a long way from home” (John, USA)
- “That is why I love GeoGebra…It makes me happy!“ (Steve, USA)
As a member of a GeoGebra Institute:
- You will have access to the most interesting, challenging research and development topics in GeoGebra related fields
- You will become part of the regional and global network of GeoGebra: you get the latest news about current versions of the software and developments in the Internet-based community, meanwhile you get easily in touch with colleagues with similar interests and background
- You will get involved in regional and global events of the GeoGebra network: as a speaker, organizer etc.
- You will receive worldwide publicity for your events, GeoGebra-related development and research work through the GeoGebra mailings lists, blog, website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google plus)
- You become part of a common effort to build a community, to which you can both creatively contribute and gain resources and ideas from. This way you will be able to make a change not just in your life but worldwide.
What is the mission of the International GeoGebra Institute and what does it do exactly?
The International GeoGebra Institute (IGI) is the non-profit organisation behind GeoGebra. Our mission with the GeoGebra project is to empower students and teachers at all levels to learn and teach mathematics with our easy-to-use and freely available software and interactive materials.
In IGI we focus our activities in meeting three main goals:
1. Training and Support: to coordinate and provide professional development opportunities and support for GeoGebra users:
- we develop and maintain an on-line support system for teachers: geogebratube, geogebra forum
- we support users in all GeoGebra related fields: establishment of institutes, maintenance of GeoGebra website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter, google plus, mailing lists on the latest news in the community
- we support local institutions in organising local/regional events: helping to find speakers, relevant topics to be discussed, provide publicity to events etc.
- we deliver presentations at national and international conferences to share news about the community, present new insights and current software developments.
2. Development and Sharing: to develop and share workshop resources and classroom materials and to continually improve and extend the GeoGebra software.
- we continuously improve the GeoGebra software and add new features
- we evaluate and improve GeoGebra activities and materials through GeoGebraTube and user forum
- we advertise and promote GeoGebra events (conferences, workshops) to spread the word about GeoGebra worldwide
- our website provides information about all GI sites, people associated with GeoGebra, and GeoGebra related activities.
3. Research and Collaboration: To conduct and support GeoGebra-related research in teaching and learning mathematics and in all possible fields of application (e.g. STEM, arts)
- we design and implement research projects both on GeoGebra and IGI
- we provide feedback to training and development activities
- we promote research collaboration between the IGI and GIs
- we collect GeoGebra related publications
See more information on other institutes and on the basic principles behind our network of local GeoGebra Institutes.
What is the mission of a local GeoGebra Institute?
Local GeoGebra Institutes agree to follow the mission and goals of IGI, but the emphasis of their work depends on their local mission, needs, interests and priorities.
GI-s usually take up the following activities:
1. Training and Support:
- offering trainings and online courses for teachers and future GeoGebra trainers, users
- offering certification processes for teachers
- organising graduate, post-graduate or other courses on GeoGebra and its use in all related fields
- organising “roadshow” workshops to remote areas
- supporting local and web users via email, Facebook page
2. Development and Sharing:
- developing and evaluating free GeoGebra teaching materials (online and video tutorials, applets, interactive e-textbook, competitions for teachers)
- developing local and regional networks of GeoGebra users (mailing lists, forums,websites etc.)
- developing students’ network
- translating GeoGebra documentation to local languages
- hosting local and regional (for e.g. Asia, midwest-USA, Africa, Southern-Europe, Northern-Europe etc.) conferences
- promoting GeoGebra in workshops, conferences, competitions (for e.g. Math Olympics) and exhibitions to share knowledge and experience
- organizing competitions:
- setting up and maintaining own websites, which are linked to the main IGI website
- developing websites to foster the use and sharing of GeoGebra materials suitable for national curricula
- developing blogs
3. Research and Collaboration:
- designing and implementing research projects on GeoGebra (for e.g. use of technology in mathematics education, action research)
- supporting students in their thesis work or PhD to conduct research on the use of GeoGebra in various fields
- publishing articles, books on GeoGebra , launching Geogebra Journals
- providing feedback to training and development activities
- promoting research collaboration at a local and regional level
- collaborating with national level educational offices: for e.g. to integrate GeoGebra into local curricula, accredit courses by ministry of education
See our list of Best practices of GeoGebra Institutes
How do I fund my local GeoGebra activities?
Local GeoGebra institutes are funding their own activities through local support, grants or by involving volunteers. All services offered by a GeoGebra institute need to be non-commercial and offered free of charge for teachers and students. If you want to sell books, online materials, workshops etc. using GeoGebra, please get in touch with email@example.com to discuss the details of such commercial usage.
What should we do if we would like to establish a GeoGebra Institute?
Please download the application form template for setting up a local GeoGebra Institute. By filling in the template and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org you can apply for establishing a GeoGebra Institute. The application has to be signed both by the chair of the GeoGebra Institute and by a representative of the hosting institution (departmental or faculty chair, dean, director etc.). Once accepted, you can start working as an official GeoGebra Institute.
Where can a GeoGebra Institute be established?
GeoGebra Institutes can be established only at non-profit entities with no commercial interests (e.g. university, educational centre, teacher education college, teachers' association).
How many members are necessary to form a GeoGebra Institute?
Typically a group of two to five people, each person responsible for certain project(s)/task(s) (e.g.: workshops, material development, research). You do not need to list all the people working with you as members of the institute (like GeoGebra trainers or material developers), only the core group of people should be named in the application form.
How can we name our institute?
We suggest naming the institute after the name of the hosting institution (university, educational centre, teacher education college). It has to begin as "GeoGebra Institute of...". You are also welcome to use an acronym (eg.: GeoGebra Institute of ATEPS). As for naming a GeoGebra Institute after a city / region, we can only accept that solution if the members work at different institutions in the same locality. Due to the rapid expansion of our community, we are unfortunately unable to approve of choosing country names for GeoGebra Institutes anymore. We generally suggest that you establish a Regional GeoGebra Institute Blog where your institute and others in your region share their activities.
Do we have to use the English name of the institute in our country?
The English naming will be consistent (GeoGebra Institute of …) when referring to the institute in an international environment, however each institute can use a local name in their own language.
What is required from an institute?
You can find the details about all requirements in our application form template. In short: Institutes need to follow the three main goals, should be active on GeoGebraTube and our GeoGebra Forum, help with translations, and regularly describe their activities on its Regional GeoGebra Institute Blog.
What about user certifications?
It is possible that your GeoGebra Institute certifies local GeoGebra users, experts, and trainers. It is an optional task, however. In this case, please make sure to read the GeoGebra Certification Guidelines.