Submitted by Craig Steenstra -
Kent ISD - REMC 8
In order to understand math, you need to interact with it. Desmos and
Geogebra may be the best tools for bringing math to life, and I want to
share some features in these systems that make it easy for teachers and
students to use them effectively. See below for more:
Desmos (online graphing calculator on steroids)
- Search the pre-made activities on
a wide variety of topics. You can post links for students to access
without accounts, or you can sign up and tweak the activities for your
- When students have accounts, teachers have access to an impressive dashboard to use when facilitating activities. Here is a guide for the steps involved.
- Here is a general learning guide for Desmos that I have used when working with teachers.
Geogebra (a geometry and algebra platform built for action)
- It also has a library of pre-made activities
with links that you can provide for students. You can copy existing
activities and modify them with a free account. (the editing features
are a little bit cumbersome, unfortunately).
- Similar to Desmos, teachers can create groups (AKA classes) in which
participants can complete tasks, provide feedback, and more. See this help guide for more details.
- Here is a sample activity I created to help provide opportunities for M-STEP tasks without “test prepping”.
There is definitely much more to explore with both of these tools,
but this is enough to infuse any math class with some boom. Get them
acting, talking, and exploring. Repeating question sets is not the
answer for building mathematicians; nor is it the way to excite and