Desmosification: Building Custom Parabolas

After an emoji was named 2015 Oxford Dictionary word of the year, I am holding out hope for next years’ candidate:des-mo-si-fy/dez-MOH-suh-fahy/verb1.   to transform the condition, nature, or character of a classroom activity using Desmos.Starting with a Dan Meyer post, the art of infusing dynamic software into student activities changes the ways that students encounter abstract, functional relationships in mathematics. Desmos’ activity builder gives teachers an extremely user friendly platform to create tasks that move students through semi-structured lines of inquiry. I decided to start with a task that I already liked.Before:I like to spend a few days at the beginning of …

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