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About the Intergeo Project



Profile

EU–Project

AA

INTERGEO

Duration

 

01/10/2007 - 30/09/2010

Funding

 

1,427,849 €

Contact

 

office@inter2geo.eu

PHSG


Intergeo - Interoperable Interactive Geometry for Europe

The main objective of the Intergeo Project is to make digital content for mathematics teaching in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable.

Intergeo will...

  • offer content in a searchable and metadata-tagged portal.
  • enable users to use their software of choice by specifying a common file format based on open standards.
  • test available material in the classroom. All stakeholders, software teams, resource authors, teachers and learners will be involved, in order to promote quality enhancement cycles.
European Commission – Information Society
Making Digital Geometry Content Available For Math Education Throughout Europe

Interactive Geometry is a way to improve mathematics education with the help of a computer. With the help of sophisticated software sketches and figures can be brought to life, comparable to what movies mean to images. Although many examples of helpful activities that were created using Interactive Geometry Software exist, interactive geometry software is still not used regularly in classrooms. In fact, many teachers do not know about the new possibilities, or they do not have access to the necessary resources.

The EU-co-funded project Intergeo will attack the three main barriers for a EU-wide adoption of the existing material: missing search facilities, lack of interoperability, and missing quality information. The available content will be enriched with curricular Meta-data that makes it easy to find the proper examples for a certain teaching situation. The intellectual property rights for the content will be cleared. Teachers should not have to bother whether they are allowed to redistribute material to their students or not.

Also, a common file format for interactive geometry software will be provided. Because the project consortium includes leading commercial and open source software suppliers for interactive geometry this format will enable teachers to use the content regardless of which software they use. Finally, experts in mathematics education will test material for its classroom suitability and make this data available to others.

Teachers all over Europe will be able to use and re-use quality teaching material. The project partners already identified more than 3000 resources that will serve as an initial seed for the database. User contributions to it are highly encouraged, both for content and quality assessment. The project involves contact persons from the governments and school administration, as well as curriculum experts. Software and content providers as well as people working in math education can join the project as associate partners. After the official project duration of three years the infrastructure will be transferred to the public for a sustainable success of the initiative.

Project Plan

The projects (funded) lifetime will be 36 months. During the first year of the project, we will set up the entire necessary technical and administrative infrastructure. The user communities will be activated at the regional user meetings, and the country representatives will be identified and appointed. Interoperability between the involved software is in preparation, and the existing content is transferred into the web-based system.

The second year also introduces quality assessment for the content, and continues activating users, now backed by a substantial, accessible content base. Interoperability between the involved software packages is accomplished during the year. Also, the Intergeo conference is in preparation.

The third year is devoted to a successful transmission of the project into the community: the platform and content collections are mature and used; downloadable distributions are available. The Intergeo Conference takes place, which is meant to be the first in a series to be continued by the project partners after the project, as well as further classroom experiments, now also by externals.

Contact

Ulrich Kortenkamp (Project Coordinator)
Bismarckstrasse 10
76133 - Karlsruhe
Germany
Email : Ulrich.Kortenkamp@ph-karlsruhe.de | office@inter2geo.eu

Consortium
AcronymPartner
Status
Location
PHSGUniversity of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd [Cinderella]CoordinatorGERMANY
UMP2Université Montpellier [Geoplan/Geospace/TracenPoche]BeneficiaryFRANCE
DFKIGerman Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)BeneficiaryGERMANY
CABRILOGCabrilog SAS [Cabri II Plus/Cabri Junior/Cabri 3D]BeneficiaryFRANCE
UBAYUniversity of Bayreuth [GEONExT]BeneficiaryGERMANY
ULUXUniversité du Luxembourg [GeoGebra]
BeneficiaryLUXEMBOURG
UCANUniversity of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
BeneficiarySPAIN
TUETU Eindhoven (TU/e)
BeneficiaryNETHERLANDS
M4MMaths for More [WIRIS]
BeneficiarySPAIN
USBUniversity of South BohemiaBeneficiaryCZECH REPUBLIC
PHKAUniversity of Education KarlsruheBeneficiaryGERMANY

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