Sketchpad Math Software Goes Universal


11.06.2006—Geometer has released an update to Sketchpad, a software tool for teaching and learning math. The new 4.07 update adds native compatibility for Intel-based Macs and continues to support PowerPC-based Macs and Windows systems as well.

Sketchpad is a suite designed for both students and educators, with separate editions for each. It allows students to explore mathematics by providing tools for them to create diagrams and figures. Educators can also use the software to generate teaching aids. It includes classroom activities, presentation and sketch samples, learning guides and reference materials. And it offers modules for various math courses.

Specific curriculum modules include:

  • Exploring Algebra 1;
  • Exploring Algebra 2;
  • Exploring Geometry;
  • Pythagoras Plugged In: Proofs and Problems;
  • Rethinking Proof;
  • Exploring Conic Sections;
  • Exploring Precalculus;
  • Exploring Calculus;
  • Geometry Activities for Middle School Students;
  • Shape Makers: Developing Geometric Reasoning in Middle School;
  • And Geometry in Action.

The latest release, version 4.07, is now a Universal Binary for Macintosh systems, supporting both Intel and PowerPC hardware. It also adds Web links to the Sketchpad Resource Center and adds sample documents to the Help menu. Several bug fixes are also included in the update.

The new 4.07 update is available free for current users. The student version of Sketchpad is available now for Mac OS X and Windows for $39.95. The full edition runs $129.95. Multi-license versions are also available, as is an evaluation version for instructors. See the company's Web site, below, for more details.

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