A Little Bit about GeoGebra and GeoGebra Institutes in Spain

September 2010
This report is informal and unofficial. It is provided to give the members of GeoGebraNA an indication of how GeoGebra functions in Spain and thus ideas for discussion.
Our thanks to Prof. Tomas Recio, Ph.D.

In Spain, there are currently 4 GIs. There is another GI coming soon and there will probably be more in the future. The reason for having so many institutes is because of distance and different regional practices. In some sense, this may be similar to what will happen in the US. There are different regions and each region has a lot of autonomy with respect to education.
In Spain, every institute is quite independent; loanswithnoguarantor.org.uk they have their own websites; they do cooperate. There is a organization/steering committee with 2 persons from each established institute and 1 person from future institutes. The chair was the president of the oldest institute for one year and then rotating ...
Coordination between GIs:
Coordinating takes 3 directions.
First: To share information and to exchange information among the institutes. (For example - see below database for certificates.)
Second: To organize some common activities, such as a diaGeoGebra - GeoGebra Day. Sept 8- 9 2010 will be GeoGebra Day in Spain. http://diageogebra.info/ (http://geometriadinamica.es/gg_day/ ) They will have awards for students 12-16, for older students and for teachers about their experiences in the classroom.The criteria for teachers - originality, efficient use of GeoGebra and good response from the students.
Third: To form common certificate standards. The three levels: User – Expert – Trainer a common criteria. There is a written document of the criteria and this is reflected in http://geogebra.es/certificados/index.htm It is portfolio based. (In Google Chrome, click on Translate.)
Institute Membership - Most of the members - maybe 90% are teachers.

GeoGebra Certificates
To get a certificate a number of points from different activities is required. Cooperation with community (webpages, conferences), Learning (knowing how to use GeoGebra) and Application (using in the classroom).. Certificates are issued by the individual GeoGebra Institutes of Spain. GIs in Spain are on good terms with the National agency for integrating technology in education (ITE: http://formacionprofesorado.educacion.es/ See http://formacionprofesorado.educacion.es/index.php/es/materiales). The head of this Agency is mentor of GeoGebra. He will attend the diaGeoGebra. In some sense this gives legitimacy to the certificates.
Transparency and cooperation: Suppose a teacher requests a certificate from GI of Cantabria – the database keeps track of the request and response. loanswithnoguarantor.org.uk This page is part of the cooperative, it is a secure document but available on the web to the heads of the GIs.

GeoGebra and Math Standards in Spain

The words “Dynamic Geometry Software” appears in the standards . (See: http://i2geo.net/xwiki/bin/view/Main/Publication and look for Deliverables D.5.1
http://i2geo.net/files/i2g_status_quo_report_jan2008.pdf and D. 5.5 http://i2geo.net/files/i2g_D5.5_DGS-Usage-Increase.pdf for some reports on the situation of Dynamic Geometry Software in different European countries Standards)

Online GeoGebra Resouces

Workshops/Training: There is no formal connection between workshops and certifications. http://formacionprofesorado.educacion.es/ They issue Certificate of Attendance. If a participant applies for a GI certificate, they can say they attended, achieved this score, … so then they get points toward certification.