Maplesoft recently announced the next phase of The Möbius Project, an initiative to support teaching and learning. This project makes it easy to create rich, interactive mathematical applications, share them with anyone, and grade them to assess understanding. After a four month pilot program, The Möbius Project is now available to the public.
The goal of The Möbius Project is to provide new tools to engage students with powerful visual aids, deepen their comprehension of mathematical concepts both in the classroom and during independent learning, and revolutionize assessment by providing a new way for instructors to measure and increase students’ understanding. During the pilot phase, hundreds of educators joined in to explore the possibilities of this approach to learning and assessment. Möbius Apps created during the pilot phase covered a variety of topics, including integration with Riemann sums, quadratic surfaces, and analysis of loaded beams.
The project is supported by several Maplesoft technologies. Maple, the foundational mathematical software product, is used as the authoring environment for creating interactive math applications. Maple T.A. 9.5, the newest release of the online testing and assessment system, contains new technology that enables it to automatically grade the students’ use of the math applications as part of a test or assignment. MapleNet provides the mathematical power to The Möbius Project web site, where these math apps can be accessed by anyone using only a web browser. Users can also run the applications directly on their own computer by using Maple or the free Maple Player.
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