Teacher Review For Desmos

Easy-to-use graphing calculator for whole-class, small-group, or individual work.

Kevin F.
Technology coordinator
San Dieguito Union High School District
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
We demonstrated this tool to math teachers in one of our Common Core PDs this year, and they were very excited about the capabilities. We had one teacher use this to reinforce graphs of functions, having students create a drawing by creating line or curve segments with functions. Another teacher uses it with EL students; it allows them to manipulate parameters directly and see the ensuing results. Another teacher uses it for demonstrations, particularly with 3D shapes that are difficult to draw and re-draw by hand.
My Take
I've seen great improvement in this tool over the last year. It is ridiculously easy to use, even for a first-timer. In our district, we would appreciate having an Android version as well as the web and iPad versions.