Pedagoguery Software: Poly

A great little freeware to show off today! As a mathematics teacher, and frequent user of whiteboards/smartboards, I am always

looking for nice programs or web sites to use interactively. This is one particularily good program that does just one thing, but does it good. It shows you the most common and a lot of the uncommon geometric solids. You can (use your hands on the smartboard to) zoom in and out on the solids, open them up and crunch them back together again. You can print the layout nets for each solid if you want to make your own physical model. For instance, have your students make footballs (I am talking soccer, not the “other sort” of football, where they mostly cheat by using their hands) from pentagons and hexgons. Solids can be shown transparent or…well..solid.

Go download a free version at http://www.peda.com/poly/

2 Responses to Pedagoguery Software: Poly

  1. nch says:

    is beutyfull software, and free version..?? nice i want to downloat id

  2. oisteing says:

    Just tried this on the SMARTboard with a group of students today. I guess the wow factor was highest because one of the polyhedra is a soccer ball, and not because the software and hardware plays well together…

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