In this week’s prompt we asked the fellows give this activity a makeover, increasing its depth, demand, or delight, by adding just one screen.Though the makeover screens varied widely depending on lesson objective and course level, there were commonalities in how the fellows used Desmos to add value.They connected representations.They gave students opportunities to be right… Continue reading Fellows’ Lounge for October 31
The Desmos Teaching Faculty has been thinking hard about modeling. For too long, many students’ experience with mathematical modeling has been limited to problems that begin “The relationship between this and that can be modeled by the equation….” Our goals are more ambitious. We want our tools to help students model even when they’re not… Continue reading Friday Fave for October 28
We just added support for multiple choice questions and video exhibits in our Activity Builder. These are the first features lots of companies add to their online activity platforms so we wanted to explain why we waited so long.First, we wanted to get them right, to build them in alignment with our pedagogical principles. Multiple… Continue reading Video & Multiple Choice: What Took Us So Long?
We pose a conversation starter in the Desmos Fellows program every week. It helps us reflect on practice and grow as teachers and technologists. In a recent prompt, we asked the fellows to share do’s and don’t do’s when designing Desmos Activities. We followed this prompt by asking the fellows the same question about how… Continue reading Notes from the Fellows Lounge
In Marcellus the Giant, students learn what it means for one image to be a “scale” replica of another. They learn how to use scale to solve for missing dimensions in a proportional relationship. They also learn how scale relationships are represented in a graph. There are three reasons we wanted to bring this activity… Continue reading Friday Fave for October 21
The Friday Fave is delighted to bring you a trio of activities this week, inspired by Stefan Fritz, and edited with a good deal of love by Desmos. In Inequalities on the Number Line, we start simply and informally. Move the point to show a number less than three. Any number less than three is… Continue reading Friday Fave for October 14
There are two reasons why Point Collector is this week’s Friday Fave: First, it combines practice with strategy. Second, it’s the first lesson we’ve released with our “Computation Layer” technology. Practice Practice is an important part of a math education. Some practice is totally dreary, though. (You know what we’re talking about.) Our preferred form… Continue reading Friday Fave for October 7
A potluck is defined as a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish. Like any party, a potluck is a place to enjoy conversation and make new friends. In the past we’ve helped Desmos friends connect, level up their calculator skills, and expand their knowledge of what is possible with… Continue reading Desmos Fellows Potluck