Teacher Review For Desmos

A beautiful graphing calculator which can make complex maths look clear and simple, and don't miss the ready made lessons at "teacher.desmos.com"

Jarrad S.
Classroom teacher
Curtin University of Technology
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Desmos is a great looking graphing calculator, that can make quite complex maths look simple. One area that a lot of teachers miss (which is potentially the best part of the site) is teacher.desmos.com. This provides lessons which step by step learning experiences for student, through a "guess who" style interaction with other students or exploring the graphs of carnival activities. Students enjoyed and summary discussions demonstrated what they discovered.
My Take
This is a beautiful site which provides beneficial learning experiences in a range of maths (particularly aimed at lower secondary maths students). I have found the internet connection needs to be strong and reliable for "polygraph" game, and some students "rush" through, unless guided. As the teacher you have a view of each student's progress, which I suggest you maintain to avoid students missing steps or making large errors.