On Feb. 16, I will be running a PD session for my department on how to use Desmos effectively in the classroom.
I would say more than half the department is coming with little to no experience with teacher.desmos.com, and limited experience with the calculator. I am planning on assuming no prior knowledge. We will have 3 hours together. Everything is still a work in progress, but I’m hoping to get suggestions and feedback!
So far, here’s the plan:
- Give teachers a student code and have them try an activity that is designed as a tutorial for the calculator and graphing pages. (Try it at student.desmos.com code:QVDR. This is a pretty rough draft, so I’d LOVE your thoughts on what could be added/done differently. Keep in mind that there will also be some verbal guidance, so it’s not designed to be entirely self-contained. Either write a comment below, or leave feedback right in the activity as you try it!)
- Once the teachers are getting somewhat familiar with Desmos, show them what I can see on the teacher screen as they are working.
- Give teachers a link to an “idea pages” activity. (Here’s what I have so far) This collection of slides is intended to spark imagination for what a teacher could create. I have categorized the slides by how difficult I believe they are to create. I’d love feedback here, too! Please feel free to leave a comment below with an activity you’ve done that has a slide you feel is particularly inspiring, and what level of difficulty it would be to create. If you post a link, I’m assuming it’s ok to use some of your ideas as inspiration slides. 🙂 I’ll give credit to its original creator.
- Navigate over to learn.desmos.com and encourage teachers to explore a little.
- Have teachers log into teacher.desmos.com and explore the wealth of activities already out there.
- Allow time for teachers to try creating their own activity and help out/troubleshoot as needed.
There’s the plan! Again, please do leave feedback in the comments! I’d like this to be as helpful for my department as possible. Please keep in mind that many people there will have little to no knowledge of Desmos.
After I finalize everything and run the workshop on Feb. 16, I’ll post the teacher links for the updated activities…please feel free to use what you want with your own department!
Thank you, Desmos friends!
EDIT: I originally posted a student code for the idea pages, not the PD slides. The code above is correct now!