What is it?
Desmos Activity Builder allows you to create interactive digital activities then watch students work in real-time. You can create slides with a question prompt or task and assign the activity (slide deck) to your students by creating a Desmos Class.
Desmos Activities are a math teacher favorite because you can build graphing tasks with the Desmos Graphing Calculator and there are lots of pre-made activities to choose from, but options like card sorts (view examples) and Polygraph (a digital Guess Who game) make this a tool that has been used by multiple subject areas in Shakopee.
Why use it?
The teacher dashboard makes it easy to share student work to allow students to see multiple ways to solve a problem from other students. Address misconceptions you see in real-time by pausing the activity and having a classroom conversation. Use digital manipulatives like graph screens, sliders, and card sorts to create tasks that allow students to make sense of concepts through exploration and discovery. There are opportunities for collaboration built in such as allowing students to see each others' responses and explanations (with the option to anonymize) or adding a Polygraph activity. You can also have students collaborate face to face while working on a task or send "experts" out around the room when you see they have a good strategy to share. Activities can be student-paced or teacher-paced.
How do I use it?
Written Directions: Create an Activity
Written Directions: Create a Class
1. Click on MANAGE CLASSES in the left sidebar. Then click on ADD A NEW CLASS.
2. Enter a class name and click on ADD CLASS.
You will see a class code that you can share with students. Follow the steps below to share it with your students and populate your Desmos Class.
3. Have students go to student.desmos.com and sign in with Google. Do not share the code yet! Signing in will add students to your Desmos Class and will allow them to save and revisit work, view feedback, etc.
4. Once students sign in with Google, they will see the popup asking for their class code. Share the code and get started!
Check out Desmos: Manage Classes to learn more.