By Laurie Niec, High School Mathematics
My interests led me to looking further into ways to incorporate technology into the classroom; one of those ways was the use of Desmos in the Algebra/Geometry classroom. I have begun with the resources provided by Desmos including tutorials as well as pre-developed activities found on desmos.com.
I have introduced students to graphing on Desmos to support the learning of graphing we have worked with in class. It has been valuable in showing students what their answers mean, and then take the opportunity to improve their thinking and revise their work. We have also utilized the digital activities included in Desmos found in the Activity Builder. The teacher dashboard allows me to view student work throughout the activity and provide them with immediate feedback. I continue to learn about additional applications that we will be able to use throughout the remainder of the course.
As the math department in the high school investigates ways to “blend” the learning in our classrooms, incorporating technology on a different level, I looked at 2 articles on the subject. Blended learning can be accomplished through the use of ‘blended’ virtual and physical resources. Blended learning could change the structure of our math classrooms and provide students a more personalized, active learning experience. Changing our classrooms will allow students to gain content and instruction online as well as through traditional classroom means.
Attached are the two articles reviewed.
Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?
Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education. Promising Practices in Online Learning
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