Teacher Review for Desmos

Desmos ruins student understanding of basic math relationships. 12th graders with no ability to do simple algebra without it

Jeffrey M.
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My Subjects Science
My Rating
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My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Teacher-led lessons
Great with Special needs
How I Use It
I don't. I have to teach algebra 1 myself so they can do simple physics problems.
My Take
Physics teacher. Desmos is ruining understanding of math. 90% 12th graders cannot manipulate 3 variable equations. F=m×a, students cannot solve for m or a. They do not understand that 6×7 means 7 groups of 6 or 6 groups of 7. Seriously, they don't. They can put numbers in desmos, but all understanding of relationships of numbers and ability to solve without technology are gone. I don't know why I don't see anyone speaking out on this issue.