Saturday, 5 January, 2008

Learning Symmetries e ways

The concept of symmetry plays an important role in learning mathematics. We in our routine teaching follow text book material for teaching this concept. This year, I tried a different approach for introducing students to mathematical symmetries. In my class, I used an interactive software programme http://snowflakes.lookandfeel.com/for creating beautiful symmetrical patterns called snowflakes. Through this programme, students created variety of mathematical designs. Working with this interactive tool is fun as we have a freedom to use a pair of scissors tool for cutting the paper. The best part of this software is ,once a flake is created you may e-mail it to a friend and save it as an image. My students created snowflakes at home and sent to me using e mail. Some of them used their creations as e-greeting cards .

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