Posted on 8 April 2021

Understand GeoGebra and BYOD

Written by Ona Kostinaitė-Grinkevičienė

In February 2020, the Board of Governors decided to introduce GeoGebra in the Mathematics and Physics syllabuses of all the European schools. The GeoGebra will replace the scientific calculator as of the school year 2021-2022 and as S5 and up.

The purpose is to enable students to use devices to perfect their digital skills. 

The APEEE has gathered the most frequently asked questions into one article to facilitate parents’ access to information. The FAQ is also available on our website.

If you were to have any additional questions, please contact the school, as they are in charge of implementing the BYOD policy.

FAQ on GeoGebra and BYOD

What is GeoGebra?

GeoGebra is a digital tool for teaching, learning and assessment in mathematics and physics. The software is free of charge. For more information, including download, please click on this link.

GeoGebra Classic 6 (for further reference – GeoGebra) has been introduced (decision taken by the Board of Governors in February 2020) in the Mathematics and Physics syllabuses of all the European schools.

As of the school year 2021-2022 and as of S5 GeoGebra replaces the scientific calculator. Hence, a device to run GeoGebra is required in the classroom and during exams/tests. It shall be provided by the students/parents.

What is BYOD?

The main objective of the project Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is to allow students to bring personal mobile devices to the School and to use them to develop digital skills and competencies.

A device for GeoGebra is part of BYOD project.

For what and for whom is the device obligatory?

The device is obligatory for GeoGebra in mathematics and physics as of S5, starting from the school year 2021-2022.

For S1-S4, GeoGebra can be introduced by teachers in ICT room or with share devices in class room.

What are the minimum technical requirements for a device to run GeoGebra?

For adequate use of GeoGebra a device shall meet all minimum technical requirements below:

  • Operating system: any operating system supporting GeoGebra (e.g. Linux, Windows 10, Mac OS X, ChromeOS, iOS, Android);
    • The School expresses its preference for Windows 10
  • Minimum RAM: 1 GB (for an Android tablet), 4 GB (for a laptop);
  • Minimum storage: 16 GB (for a tablet), 32 GB (for a laptop);
  • Screen size and resolution: 7” can be allowed provided a good display resolution (minimum 1280×720 pixels (720p)), but at least 9” for comfortable viewing with minimum 1920×1080 pixels (1080p) resolution;
    • The School expresses its preference for 13” with minimum 1920×1080 pixels (1080p) resolution.

Furthermore, the School strongly recommends to have a touch screen or to be able to work with a keyboard and a mouse.

The choice of a more powerful device and/or related accessories would allow for more diverse, more comfortable and in-depth uses. The sustainability of the device and/or its other needs also should be taken into account upon the final choice of technical specifications.

For students with an educational support agreement in place, the relevant special arrangements should be applied.

Can the student use the smartphone or the tablet for GeoGebra?

Yes, as long as they meet all minimum technical requirements. It should be taken into account that a tablet or a laptop with a touch screen and a smart digital pen or a keyboard and a mouse ensure the optimal comfort to use the GeoGebra software. The smartphone may not be optimal solution in terms of its technical specifications, e.g. the screen size, etc.

Can the student use his/her private (family) device for GeoGebra?

Yes, the student can use his/her own (family) device as long as it meets all minimum technical requirements.

Who is responsible for downloading and installing GeoGebra?

Students/parents are responsible for downloading and installing GeoGebra (click on this link to access the website) as well as making sure the the device functions properly (e.g. full battery, etc.). Neither the School nor APEEE provide IT support.

Who is responsible for the device at School?

Students are fully responsible for the device, its functioning (full battery, etc.), safety and security. Neither the School nor APEEE can be held liable for any accidents related to the device.

What is The Rent Company?

The Rent Company is an option to the students/parents who may wish to purchase or rent a device. For more information please click on this link.

Is it obligatory to use The Rent Company services?

No, it is not obligatory to use the services of The Rent Company. It is an option suggested to parents and students. Neither the School, nor APEEE have any contract with this company.

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