I want to go back and rework all of my curriculum to include more interactive and engaging activities with Desmos - both things that I create as tools for the students but also things that the students create and publish themselves. I made a few myself and played around and edited a few of the samples they had on their website and am keeping a folder for my Math Analysis course here.
So, how do you get started?
- Go to www.desmos.com. Sign in with your Google account or create a new account. You can also download the iPad app.
- Look at some of the samples so you get an idea. Click on the "three bars" in the top left to show the samples.
- Check out the user guide and quick start guide so you know how the different buttons work.
- Start to play!
Some awesome things about Desmos (this list is far from being finished...)
- It works on a computer or on the iPad
- You can save the graphs you are working on so you can go back to them at any time.
- It allows students to do very simple things like graphing functions, but also to see how functions shift and change as the values in the function change. (i.e. the parent graph y=a(x-h)+k... what does a, h, and k do? We can tell them over and over again, but it's awesome to SEE it!)