Desmos Classroom Activities for Formative Assessment


Desmos is well known for its excellent graphing calculator, but many teachers do not know about its potential to be used to probe students’ thinking through quizzing activities in the Mathematics classroom.

In this talk I will show some of the ways in which Desmos activities can be used in Year 7–10 classes to diagnose misconceptions and help clarify next steps in student learning. I will discuss how to run an activity and how to interpret student responses quickly to inform the next phase of teaching.

I will also demonstrate how easy it is to get started with writing a simple Desmos activity that can be used in any classroom where students have internet-enabled devices. Finally, I will give some suggestions on what makes an effective or ineffective activity in order to engage a whole class in their learning.

No prior experience with Desmos is required.

Bryn Humberstone

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
G-24 06/12/2019 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora OPTION FULL


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