
Teachers' TV Programme featuring Autograph 3 
 "It gives opportunities to visualise functions and graphs in a variety of interesting ways, and it's got very sophisticated statistical facilities that are very supportive of a range of data handling work. The latest version has got much better facilities for working with interactive whiteboards, which is a clear plus at the moment. Very very fast, it works very quickly, and it deals with statistics that virtually nothing else deals with in a powerful and quick way. It is extremely powerful ... but it does have an option for having a simplified interface for new users, which can be very helpful. Secondly, one very useful thing is that you can simply hit the enter key when it launches, type a formula, hit the enter key again, and a graph is drawn immediately So at a very simple starting point, all teachers can do something with it."  Chris Olley.
 "It is extremely powerful. One of the major features of version 3 is that it's designed to run 3D graphics as well."  Professor Adrian Oldknow
 See the whole Teachers' TV Autograph 3 review at www.playbackschools.org.uk/programme/1523/secondarymaths1


Heartlands Academy
(2014) writes: 
 "Autograph has helped me with my A level teaching. It has facilitated students' understanding of the concepts also. I used it with my Ofsted observation recently, the lesson was graded as outstanding. How could I teach volume of revolution without Autograph?! "


Paul Baker, Perse School,
(2012) writes: 
 "It really is a most wonderful piece of software....best software tool there is for teaching GCSE and A Level maths I reckon!"


Murray Bourne, squareCircleZ,
(2012) writes: 
 "It's clear as soon as you start using Autograph it's been designed by a math educator, for the purpose of math education." Review


Mike Wakeford, Skagerak Inernational School, Norway,
(2011) writes: 
 "Autograph is an excellent support for teachers wishing to author and proof exam problems  particularly for noncalc problems where one certainly wishes to avoid tedious computation at the expense of concept demonstration"


Barry Kissane, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia,
(2011) writes: 
 "Whatever else comes along, Autograph is without parallel for visualisation in the classroom."


Bill Newell, Australia,
(2011) writes: 
 "I think our kids deserve the best and I know that Autograph is the king, queen and jack of Maths teaching programmes."


Stephen Corcoran, St Stephens, Western Australia,
(2010) writes: 
 "It is hard to express in words just how much I love Autograph…. It really makes me miss not having any maths classes of my own this year. Such a powerful educationally focused piece of software."
 "I think Autograph is the most powerful, user friendly, IWB suitable and educationally focused graphical software available for teaching mathematics."


Pat
Morton, Further Maths Centre Manager, Tower Hamlets
College,
(2010) writes: 
 "Autograph is my desert island program"


Maths
PGCE student,
(2010) writes: 
 "I had never used autograph before and now I'm really
enjoying exploring its vast capabilities. The list
of resources on your website is also extremely helpful."


A
Mac user in Alice Springs (2010) writes: 
 "It is like geogebra, Cabri, SketchPad and a few other
tools all rolled into one on steroids."


Fred Norton, prolific textbook author, exRugby School (2010) writes: 
 "I have been intending for some while to write to say how much I have enjoyed using "Autograph". Not only can one use it, with 11, 12 & 13 year olds for the obvious topics like graphs and transformations, it enables me to produce magnificent regular polygons demonstrating the symmatries, etc, but the most valuable use I think has been, as one boy put it, "showing me maths is not just numbers". They realise they have to be good at algebra to communicate with it, and the graphics enable one to draw many intriguing curves and shapes. I introduce the sine/cosine functions as just function machines which heap all numbers into a range 1 to +1, so one can illustrate e.g. r = 3 + sin2θ or r = 3sin2θ to show rotational symmetry, and just to excite wonder! The terms x =…..y =…….z = never ceases to fascinate, and boys can see the effect of changing the constants."


Phil
Smith, Head of Maths, Dr Challoner's High School, (2009)
writes: 
 "We received a 2009 Good Schools Guide for Alevel
Maths and Autograph played no small part (feel free
to quote on your literature)."


A
Teacher on the MEI TAM Course (2009) writes: 
 Autograph
 A must have for every Maths classroom from KS3 to
KS5.
 As a visual learner it has been a
godsend and my
pupils have said I have become more enthusiastic and
my lessons more engaging since using the software package.
 Excellent
graphing package that can sketch curves, solve derivatives,
perform a host of geometric and statistical analysis
visually – it makes me wonder
how I ever lived without it!
 Excellent to use for 11
tutoring and whole class via the IWB
 Can’t imagine
teaching A’ Level maths without
it – A true gift from the maths gods.


The
ATM's bimonthly 'Mathematics Teaching' (March 2006) writes: 
Ruth
Tanner, Lodge Park Technology College, Corby
.. the latest version of Autograph, 3.10: the superb
dynamic software for teaching calculus, coordinate geometry,
statistics and probability, without which I cannot now
imagine teaching mathematics and especially A level.


The
Schoolzone evaluation service writes: 
Autograph
Schoolzone Full Evaluation (December
2005)
Valerie Ann Sheehan
This
is a most impressive package, which in my view
completely fulfils expectations. It utilises
the power of the computer to motivate students to
gain a deeper understanding of the material than
they would through traditional teaching methods.
The resources facilitate
whole class teaching using the Flash demonstrations,
or investigation using the simulation and animation facilities.
Colleagues are enthusiastic about the potential for this
software to produce high quality reports of Mathematics
and Statistics projects for GCSE, Alevel and beyond.
Graphs and tables can be easily transported into word
documents. Students can perceive uses for this software
in many other subject areas.


The
Guardian's Evaluate service writes: 
Autograph can be used for drawing
statistical graphs, functions, and vectors, and for transforming shapes.
It also enables users to change and animate graphs, shapes or vectors already
plotted to encourage understanding of concepts. The program uses colour
and animation well and provides excellent help for teachers on using the
huge variety of functions. Teachers will need to familiarise themselves
thoroughly with the software before using it in the classroom. There they
can use the program on a single screen or interactive whiteboard to introduce
and demonstrate mathematical ideas at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Students can use
it to produce their own graphs and transform their own objects during a
lesson.I think Autograph will be of tremendous use in aiding students’ understanding
of a variety of shape, algebra and statistical topics. I expect my KS4
students will understand concepts introduced with Autograph quickly and
in more depth than they would through traditional teaching methods. 
TEEM
Evaluations
of Autograph
TEEM (UK) Home page

teem writes: 
1st
Autograph TEEM evaluation (Sept
2002)
UK KS 3 (Peter Garner):
"The product is a very versatile, easy to use Mathematics tool that enables
the student to gain deeper insight into some otherwise quite challenging Mathematics"
2nd
Autograph TEEM evaluation (Nov 2002)
UK KS 4 (Beth Evans):
"This package is an extremely practical and useful mathematical tool and
is an essential part of any Maths teacher's kit. The section on Statistics is
thorough and covers a wide range of material. I could see many uses for Autograph
at Sixth Form level"
3rd
Autograph TEEM evaluation (Jan 2003)
UK KS 4 Statistics (Val Brooks):
"Without doubt, purchase of Autograph should be included in a Maths department
budget. After some initial difficulties with the Statistics interface, it was
possible to contact the author of the software and he sorted all our problems
out within 24 hours  this level of support was fantastic!"
4th
Autograph TEEM evaluation (March 2003)
UK KS 3 Graphs, Coord. Geom., Statistics (Steve Genge):
"Autograph is a flexible tool designed to support teaching and learning
in Graphs and Statistics. It is a massive piece of software with
applications across all areas of Mathematics at all Key Stages. Pupils of all
ages and abilities can access Autograph because of its clever use of
toolbars and dropdown menus. Autograph is supported by valuable Help
pages and the publisher's website. It is an excellent
package for all schools."
5th
Autograph TEEM evaluation (October
2005)
Content Evaluation Summary (Beth Evans):
'A must for every Maths department, this is a tried and true workhorse but with
the power of a racehorse. I loved the new extra pages which gave some excellent
introductions to trigonometry. The transformation animations allow students
to watch as reflections, rotations and enlargements take place, but even better,
students can then use the same techniques to enable them to understand how these
basic transformations can be combined. The power of this package will take your
students through to end of A Level Further Maths.' 
Edexcel Examiners' Report
A level Statistics:
S3 Coursework (June 2003)

The
Statistics Examiner writes: 
"...
coursework ... histograms ... scatter diagrams ...
A number of centres are using Autograph which
seems to produce good diagrams."


Peter
Ransom writes: 
"I have
always enjoyed working with Autograph, and version
2.10. is no exception. "It is possible to run this in a junior
mode for use with KS3, to avoid any distractions. The data
handling section is most enjoyable.
"The CD Rom comes with a booklet of 45 Exercises which
are just right for becoming familiar with the Software. " The Reference
Manual is very informative. Further worksheets, resources and upgrades
are available on the website." 
3day residential workshop
at Michaelhouse School, KZN, South Africa 2820 Sept 2003

Paul
de Wet writes: 
Autograph is
the world’s best curve sketching software for schools.
Simple and intuitive, it is extremely powerful in illustrating all aspects
of our algebra syllabus (and way beyond!). Autograph is
able to solve sketch curves (both implicitly and explicitly defined)
solve simultaneous equations, plot derivatives etc. etc. etc. We are
very fortunate to have Douglas Butler, the author of
Autograph as our keynote speaker. Douglas will conduct workshop sessions
around the effective use of this magnificent teaching tool. 
The Newsletter from 'The Education Project Asia',
serving International schools in the Far East.

Paul
de Wet writes: 
"Occasionally some
software comes along that is known as 'killer software' ....
well a number of Maths teachers have said to me in the past that
Autograph is one such package for teaching and learning mathematics."
Chris Smith, Editor, 'Shambles' Newsletter
(Thailand)
May
2003 edition (Mathematics section) 
The
Scottish Mathematics Council
Journal 31 (May 2002)

TOM
MACINTYRE wrote: 
"Data from web resources can readily be pasted into desktop packages
and onward into Autograph, which showed its real pace in being
able to analyse a variety of data sets in a crosscurricular exercise on city
sizes."
"A general modelling equation can be entered, and the 'rightclick'
option 'best fit to data' can find the constants. This task provided an excellent
focus to explore the capabilities of Autograph . . in conjunction with
a data projector"
" . . certainly well worth considering" 
Mathematical
Association
MA News (February 2002)

PETER
RANSOM wrote: 
"Autograph is
a tried and trusted piece of software .. of
great use in the classroom. Very userfriendly and
great value for money"
A2 Student:
"The zoomin capabilities of Autograph are amazing .. the
diagrams I included in my coursework were all done on Autograph and
my work looked almost like a professional report!" 
TES
ONLINE section
London, 6th April 2001  text

PETER
RANSOM wrote: 
"Autograph is
a tried and trusted piece of software .. of
great use in the classroom. Very userfriendly and
great value for money"
A2 Student:
"The zoomin capabilities of Autograph are amazing .. the
diagrams I included in my coursework were all done on Autograph and
my work looked almost like a professional report!" 
Mathematical
Association
MA News (February 2002)

IAN
WILSON wrote: "a landmark for mathematics teachers
. ." 
". . flexible,
multilevel and a doddle to use"
". . Autograph: it's signature software for the subject"
". . worksheets, images, web pages  excellent resources"
". . Autograph: so comprehensive you'll
wonder what it can't do"
". . I have seldom enjoyed experimenting with a program so much"
". . the choice . . is typical of the program's thoroughness"
Autograph: firmly in Ian Wilson's Top 10 (OnLine 7th Sept 2001) 
ATM
Micromath Magazine
Derby, Spring 2001

JOE
WATSON wrote: 
". . impressive by any standards . .
Autograph has a multiplicity of features . . and
a lot of thought has gone to make it easy to use."
". . the Screencam demos include some particularly nice exercises, . . and
give you the incentive to explore more"
". . oneline text: xxx => x³;
y= x²e^(–½x²) can copy/paste
. . "
". . investigating y" +2ly'+ y = 0 as l varies . ."
". . my enthusiasm increased as I used the package more . . "

LTSN:
Maths, Stats OR
Birmingham,November
2000

PAUL
STRICKLAND wrote: 
". . The
main way that Autograph is superior to other
packages with graphical capabilities is in its use
of natural Windows techniques such as selection, dragging
and rightclick menus to control the exploration of
mathematical concepts, enabling rapid mastery of the
package"
". . care has been taken to get mathematical
details right, as in the proper distinction between
histograms of discrete and continuous data. 
AAMT
(Adelaide)
Vol: 56/4 and 57/1

HARTLEY
HYDE wrote, running Autograph in his iMAC: 
". . Autograph
is a new, 'musthave' graphing package"
". . the most popular aspects of Autograph are its calculus tools"
". . works fine on my MAC under Virtual PC"
". . Autograph copes with about 90% of the
work in years 1012"
". . the family of Tridents, xy = x³ – a³. In other
packages I usually get defeated by the insistence on 'y=..' input" 
Educational Computing & Technology
May
2001

CHRIS
DRAGE wrote: 
" . . Autograph
is designed to help teachers and pupils to visualise mathematics
by drawing dynamically linked coordinate geometry,
probability and statistics ?objects'."
" . . Autograph is an essential tool for
secondary and college maths departments." 
SUNDAY TIMES
OF INDIA
reporting a British Council lecture
in Mumbai,
4th
March 2001

SHABNAM
MINWALLA wrote: 
". . Douglas
Butler's theory of sparkling
mathematics holds that
a judicious mix of enthusiasm and technology works
wonders"
". . and if the packed hall was any indication,
the degobbledygookisation of mathematics is a sorely
felt need" 
