When authoring a Desmos activity there is an option for answers to be submitted to the teacher, or submitted to the class. We asked the Desmos fellows this week whether or not they find it beneficial to let students see their classmates’ responses in a Desmos Activity, and how they might make use of the… Continue reading Benefits of “Submit to Class”
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, Desmos experienced a complete service outage of our public calculator as well as the API that our partners use to embed the calculator into their sites. Our outage was related to the outage of Amazon’s S3 storage service, which also affected many other sites across the internet. We’d like to… Continue reading Reflection on Our February 28 Service Outage
Last year, we flew 39 teachers to Desmos HQ in San Francisco, CA, and the Demos Teaching Fellowship was born.In the months since, that cohort has been utterly indispensable to our company’s growth – offering us criticism and counsel on early editions of our products and activities – and we’ve done our best to become… Continue reading Applications Are Open for Cohort 2 of the Desmos Teaching Fellowship!
This past week we asked the Desmos fellows to share a resource that they got from a workshop or conference presentation that they found useful, and to describe why the resource was memorable.We didn’t end up with a particular type of resource that was useful, but rather doing this exercise helped highlight both the types… Continue reading “What makes a professional learning experience memorable?”
The Friday Fave has been thinking about textbook problems recently. There are some excellent ones in the world, but they are far too rare. Most of them (I’m looking at you, bandana dog!) should would benefit from deletion and composting. But some textbook problems just need to be brought to life. This week’s Friday Fave—Game,… Continue reading Friday Fave for February 24
When I think of what a professional learning community should be, I point to my experience as part of the Desmos Fellowship.I would highly encourage any teacher looking to grow in their profession to apply. The Desmos Fellowship community has given me a place to ponder my teaching practices and help me to grow. It… Continue reading Coming Soon: Desmos Fellowship Cohort 2!
Unusually early springlike weather in large parts of the country has the Friday Fave looking ahead to swimming pool season, and nothing goes with swimming pools quite as well as algebra.The Pool Border Problem is a classic for a reason. There are many ways to count the tiles on the border of a square pool.… Continue reading Friday Fave for February 17
The Des-Blog is home to the Friday Fave, which is a weekly post about some of the favorite activities amongst the Desmos Teaching Faculty. This week we asked the Desmos Fellows to share some of their favorite activities, and to tell how these activities help students learn math. Which One Doesn’t Belong? First off, if… Continue reading Fellows’ Fave
When others are giddy about an activity, the Friday Fave cannot help but get a little excited, too. Land the Plane is one of a suite of new activities we recently released. The structure should be familiar. We get you started with an estimation task, then we get you to use algebra to increase precision… Continue reading Friday Fave for February 10
This week the Desmos Fellows shared ways in which they “go over” or review a Desmos Activity to help students summarize and reflect on learning. We shared a variety of strategies, some of which take place during the activity and others that take place at the end or even the next day.Leveraging Partial Understanding to… Continue reading “How do you review a Desmos activity?”