Retrieval Practice and Concept Development using Desmos


Desmos is widely known as a free and highly intuitive graphing calculator suitable for classroom demonstrations. However, it also allows teachers to design, share and run classroom activities that can be used to foster and check for student understanding.

Additionally, mathematics teachers are becomingly increasingly aware of the cognitive science research into learning and the advantages of retrieval practice and interleaving of topics.

This presentation will show how Desmos was used in Year 7 - 12 mathematics classes to embed retrieval practice and interleaving in parallel with a traditional curriculum ordering. Additionally, you will see examples of how Desmos Activities were used for concept development, topic previews and topic reviews. The focus of the presentation will be the 'how', including how the activities were run and how student responses influenced subsequent teaching.

No prior experience with Desmos or Desmos Activities is necessary.

Bryn Humberstone
Katie White

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
B-38 06/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University


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