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
Bentley, Australia
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
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.