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The First International GeoGebra Conference in July 2009 in Hagenberg, Austria allowed researchers, developers, and teachers to meet and discuss in working group sessions where they could share their experiences and ideas concerning GeoGebra.

Dates & Location

The first international GeoGebra Conference will take place right after the Computer Algebra and Dynamic Geometry Systems in Mathematics Education (CADGME 2009) conference in Hagenberg, Austria. If you are interested in the GeoGebra Conference, but will not be able to come and join us in person, please let us know about your ideas and/or projects concerning GeoGebra by sending an email to one of our working group chairs: see the list of working groups below. We are looking forward to hearing from you, thank you!

Call for Proposals

The principal aim of the conference is to find out together the direction and vision the GeoGebra community should take in the future. Therefore, the conference will be organised in a working group format (see description of working groups below). Each group will engage in discussions for two days, report their ideas/findings to other groups at the end of the conference, and write up these issues after the conference. In addition, we aim to publish these reports on the IGI website and in a journal. To participate at the conference, please choose a working group and submit some sentences about your ideas or experiences (1-3 pages). For example, you can describe your current work with GeoGebra, your ideas for further developments, your wishes, vision, and plans etc. If you wish to make a presentation it will be possible, but presentations are restricted to a maximum of 5 minutes (3-5 slides) each.

  • Choose your working group (1-3 page summary about your work and/or ideas) for a specific working group
  • Deadline: June 15, 2009

All proposals will be accepted (although we have to limit the size of the conference to 180 participants) as the goal of the conference is to share ideas with the GeoGebra community.


  • GeoGebra conference registration
  • Registration fee (including 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and coffee):
    • 110 Euro (before 15 June 2009)
    • 130 Euro (after 15 June 2009)
  • Accompanying person fee (including 2 lunches, 1 dinner):
    • 90 Euro (before 15 June 2009)
    • 110 Euro (after 15 June 2009)

Working Group Topics

This is the list of working groups topics together with short abstracts. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the people listed below directly. They will be helping to co-chair the sessions.

A&B) Software Development & Online Systems

Contact: Markus Hohenwarter The primary aims of this working group are to exchange ideas/plans for future extensions of GeoGebra and organise its developer community. Current projects include extending the statistics and spreadsheet capabilities of GeoGebra and improving CAS integration into the software. In addition, some work has been already carried out on the 3D extension of GeoGebra. As an open-source project with a large user base, the future development of GeoGebra will be substantially influenced by the needs and desires of the GeoGebra user community and by the strength and cohesiveness of the GeoGebra developers. The focus areas of this working group include:

  • Features & Wishlist
    • Extensions: exploring possible extensions of GeoGebra features like Spreadsheet, CAS, 3D, etc.
    • Online Systems: future of the GeoGebraWiki; integration into online systems like Moodle, Sage, WebWork, etc.
    • Wishlist: developing and evaluating a wish list for future extensions
  • Organization
    • Collaboration: distributing work and investigating the technical and social aspects of extending, maintaining, and managing a healthy and active open-source development community
    • Roadmap: identify priorities and schedule future development
  • Support
    • Projects: listing existing projects; developing ideas for research and development projects;
    • Funding: exploring resources for future developments and supporting developers

C) Teaching Experiences in Primary and Secondary Schools

Contact: Evelyn Stepancik This working group aims to investigate the potential of GeoGebra for teaching and learning mathematics in primary and secondary schools (ages 6 - 18). Thereby, we will focus on the following topics:

  • Collecting information about teaching experiences and ideas in the use of GeoGebra in primary and secondary schools;
  • Discussing potential applications of GeoGebra in primary and secondary grades;
  • Encouraging the creation and sharing of instructional resources (e.g., lesson plans, activities, dynamic worksheets, GeoGebra files) to create a usable pool of GeoGebra-related materials for primary and secondary grades;
  • Investigating the use and applicability of other technological resources such as Interactive Whiteboards (IWB), voting systems, and learning managements system (e.g. Moodle);
  • Discussing possible methods of facilitating the documentation of GeoGebra-related classroom activities;
  • Discussing opportunities for international collaboration;
  • Developing ideas for future projects and teaching ideas;
  • Creating a wish list for features, tools and commands that support the use GeoGebra in primary and secondary schools;

D) Creation of Instructional Materials with GeoGebra

Contact: Judith Hohenwarter This working group aims to investigate the use of GeoGebra to create instructional materials for teaching and learning in all grade levels (from primary school up to university level and professional development). We will discuss the following topics:

  • Collecting information about the design and development of instructional materials with GeoGebra;
  • Designing instructional materials for students that foster discovery learning, mathematical experiments and student-centered learning;
  • Discussing the use of GeoGebra as an authoring tool for teachers;
  • Encouraging the creation and sharing of instructional resources (e.g., lesson plans, activities, dynamic worksheets, GeoGebra files) to create a usable pool of GeoGebra-related materials for primary and secondary grades;
  • Designing resources for students and teachers to facilitate the introduction of the software and to foster successful use of GeoGebra;
  • Developing ideas for future projects and discussing opportunities for international collaboration;
  • Creating a wish list for features, tools and commands that support the creation of great instructional materials;

E) GeoGebra at Universities and in Teacher Education

Contact: Anders Sanne This working group will explore the use of GeoGebra at universities and in teacher education. Topics of interest include:

  • Developing GeoGebra materials in accordance with standard of university-level courses;
  • Developing resources to help students use GeoGebra to build simulators of problems from maths and sciences;
  • Examining the incorporation of GeoGebra into automatic homework evaluation systems;
  • Evaluating techniques for using GeoGebra effectively in large lecture classes and in on-line courses;
  • Elaborating on the usability of GeoGebra in university-level assessment;
  • Discussing issues in relation to pre-service teacher training (e.g., the connection of a learning objective, a GeoGebra activity, a lesson plan, key examples, and an assessment procedure);
  • Examining various methods of professional development;
  • Exploring issues in developing textbook support for use of GeoGebra;
  • Creating a wish list for features, tools and commands that support the use GeoGebra at the university level

F) GeoGebra Institutes & Research

Contact: Zsolt Lavicza This working group aims to brainstorm ideas for developing international collaborative research projects, to promote the development of new research ideas and priorities of projects, and to find out how to find and assist funding opportunities for both research and pragmatic purposes. The preliminary list of topics to be discussed in this working group:

  • Developing and prioritising research ideas/topics;
  • Supporting and sharing local and international research projects;
  • Sharing information about international funding opportunities;
  • Investigating postgraduate student funding options;
  • Assisting the establishment of local GeoGebra Institutes;
  • Assisting the collaboration between GeoGebra Institutes;
  • Encouraging publications and dissemination;
  • Exploring opportunities for professional development in local and international communities;
  • Designing a functional and effective IGI website and Wikis

Conference Program


Tue, July 14

Wed, July 15

8:40 - 9:00


Day Overview

9:00 - 9:40

Markus Hohenwarter

Zsolt Lavicza

9:40 - 10:00

Introduction of Working Groups

Networking Break

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:00

Working Groups
Session 1

Working Groups
Session 3

12:00 - 13:20



13:20 - 14:00

Tomas Recio

Damjan Kobal

14:00 - 15:30

Working Groups
Session 2

Working Groups
Session 4

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:40

Working Groups
Day Summary Session

Working Groups
Day Summary Session

16:40 - 18:00

of Working Groups

Reports of Working Groups


Co organized by the Austrian GeoGebra Institute, Educational University of Lower Austria, Baden:

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