Thanks Dan Meyer and Desmos! Start playing #hwdsb math teachers and students!I came across Function Carnival on twitter a couple nights ago and instantly knew it was going to be great in class. This is what technology in a math class should look like. We aren't throwing more practice at kids but are instead slowing it down, providing them a tool that creates the conversations more naturally and motivates them to explore the 'what ifs' when factors are changed. Embedded is also a reflection tool that shows students an example of another (fictional) student and asks them what the student is thinking or saying with the graph they have created.
— Christine Chan (@chanland) February 7, 2014
On the teacher side I get a dashboard of every student computer, what graphs they have created and even their short response answers to those reflection questions. I had so many kids today talking about what they saw and wanting to show me their work and how well they did. This is what math education should look like as we begin to acquire more classroom technology. It is not (as I've heard in staff development) having a bin of worksheets available for students that finish the basic stuff early. It is conversations, exploration and connections to potential real life situations.
|Student graphs after completion|
I don't know much of the background as to how this came about but if it was truly a collaboration between Desmos.com and Dan Meyer I'm very excited for the work to come from that relationship! Thanks so much and looking forward to the future work to come!