The University of Georgia

Department of Mathematics and Science Education

Program in Mathematics Education

Welcome to John Olive's Home Page

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Always under construction!

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Professor Emeritus John Olive has now retired!

Courses Taught

EMAT 4550/6550 Fall 2012

This course is only available through eLearning Commons at UGA

You must have a UGA ID to access this course

The text for this course will soon be available from Cognella Publishers:

Essential 3D Geometry: Unravelling the Mathematical Wonders

Camou, B., Olive, J., Colucci, M. & Garcia, G.

EMAT 4550/6550 Fall 2011

(Solid Geometry with Bernardo Camou)

EMAT 8990 FYDS Seminar Fall 2011

EMAT 6990 Seminar Spring 2010

EMAT 8990 FYDS Seminar Spring 2010

EMAT 3500 Fall 2009

EMAT 3500 Spring 2009

EMAT 3500 Fall 2008

EMAT 8990 FYDS Fall 2008

EMAT 9640 Spring 2008

EMAT 3500 Fall 2007

EMAT 8990 FYDS 2007

EMAT 6700 Maymester 2007

EMAT 3500 Spring 2007

EMAT 3500 Fall 2006

EMAT 6700 Maymester 2006

EMAT 3500 Spring 2006

EMAT 3500 Fall 2005

EMAT 6700 Maymester 2005

EMAT 4500/6500 Spring 2005

EMAT 3500 Fall 2004

EMAT 3500 Fall 2003

EMAT 9640 Spring 2003

EMAT 3400 Fall 2002

EMAT 3500 Fall 2002

EMAT 6200 Summer 2002

EMAT 4680 Fall 2000

EMAT 4680 Spring 1999

EMT 468 Spring 1998

EMT 468 Spring 1997

EMT 705 Summer 1996

Selected Publications

Children's Fractional Knowledge
Leslie P. Steffe and John Olive
Click here to dowload the Dedication, Acknowledgements, Preface and TOC

Mathematical Knowledge and Practices Resulting from Access to Digital Technologies
John Olive and Katie Makar

IDEAL Technologies for Mathematics Learning: Opportunities and Challenges

Keynote Paper for the first IDEAL conference held at Bayburt University

Bayburt, Turkey, July 4, 2012

TIME 2000 Dynamic Geometry Presentation (New Zealand)

Plenary Paper for the  Portuguese Mathematics Education Research Conference, May 2000

Computer Tools for Interactive Mathematical Activity in the Elementary School

Balancing a Quadrilateral

Creating Airfoils from Circles: The Joukowski Transformation

Multiplicative Operations on Fractions using TIMA Microworlds

Tools for Interactive Mathematical Activity (TIMA)
Software developed through the Fractions Project

Java versions of TIMA: Bars have been developed with funding from the Eisenhower Higher Education program.

Educators are welcome to use JavaBars for testing, teaching or research purposes.  No license is required.

NEW! Bugfree version of JavaBars for all operating systems on computers with full Java installed.

Note: This should also work with all previous versions of Mac OSX from 10.2 onwards and possibly older versions of Windows.

This is the self-contained .jar file which requires that you have the latest Java Runtime environment installed on your computer.

The file that you download is Javabars5_3.jar. This is an update to the previous JavabarsEnglish.jar, which had some remnants of Turkish in the "Can't Join" error dialog box! This version should have all English labels and dialog boxes. Just replace the previous JavabarsEnglish.jar file with this one. Double clicking this file should launch Bars5_0.

Pierre Sutherland (a doctoral student at UGA from South Africa) fixed the known REPEAT bug.

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Coming soon! A Turkish version of JavaBars.

A manual for operating JavaBars (written by Dr. Heide Wiegel) can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.  It is a Microsoft Word document. Download JavaBars Reference Manual .

Sample activities
written by Dr. Wiegel (as part of an Eisenhower-funded workshop with Middle Grades teachers) can also be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document: Download JavaBars Activities.

Student Tasks from the TIMA Bars manual re-written for JavaBars. These activities were created for TIMA Bars by Professor Leslie P. Steffe and myself. Download the JavaBars_Task_All file by clicking here.

Dr. Barry Biddlecomb programmed JavaBars.  Please address any queries concerning use of JavaBars to Dr. John Olive.

downloads so far.

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Link to the Mathematics Education Program page.