The project ‘Smartphone Math-Apps in Learning Environments (SMiLE)’ is part of the Global Teacher Research and Education Exchange Program (global.trex) Passau. The DAAD program “Lehramt.International 2019-2021” is the first program exclusively addressing teacher education. The ZLF of the University of Passau applied successfully for funding within this program. The program supports amongst others the mobility of project participants and lecturers and enables a sustainable implementation of mobility corridors in the curricular structure of teacher training.
The main part of SMiLE, ‘CAS in Exams’, is an official project by the Bavarian Ministry of Education in which GeoGebra Apps are tested on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in assessments. This project builds on the long-term empirical project M3 by Weigand and Bichler (2010). In 2012, CAS calculators were allowed in the Bavarian A-level exams (Abitur) for the first time. The M3-project officially ended in July 2013. In 2012, the Bavarian Ministry of Education started the successor project named ‘CAS in Exams’. In the beginning, GeoGebra was allowed on PC or Laptops with a special Exam Mode launched from USB-sticks. In 2018, tablets were allowed to use with the GeoGebra Apps in Exam Mode. In 2019, we suggested to expand the ‘CAS in Exams’ project to smartphones and as a greater innovation, allowing the earlier use of GeoGebra Apps on mobile devices in exams, already starting in 8th grade. In the context of this change, the Professorship for Didactics of Mathematics at the University of Passau applied successfully for the scientific supervision of the ‘CAS in Exams’ project. Currently, 11 schools are officially involved in this project. The project runs at least until July 2022.
Official statements of the Ministry of Culture:
Kooperation with several universities
The cooperation between the Universidad de Ciencias Pedagógicas “Enrique José Varona” (UCPEJV) in Havana and the University of Passau is concentrating on the development and evaluation of teaching materials using GeoGebra on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
A press report of the university of Passau is available here.
In contrast to Cuba, the Södra Latins Gymnasium in Stockholm has a very high level of technical equipment. The teachers are highly involved in the development of curriculum and teaching and have long term experiences in the use of GeoGebra in math classes. The contrary terms and the different know-how in using digital tools like GeoGebra in these diverse teaching environments can create sustainable input for student and teacher training that can also be used for the main part of SMiLE: ‘CAS in Exams’.