In period 3 and 4 all of the year 10 mathematic students were set a challenge to make some Desmos (graphing). The students however did find this very challenging as we were lucky enough to have one of our classmates to tell us about what Desmos even is and is it any good. With the Desmos challenge some of levels were grouped which meant that all of the students that were doing the Desmos challenge had to work together with either a mate or just someone random depending on what the teacher wanted. The class that we looked and reported on where fortunate to choose whoever they wanted to pair up with and in that case meant that everyone was happy. While we are still on the topic about the Desmos maths challenge usually all the questions were linear that is a benefit as a lot of the year 10 mathematic classes have been learning a lot about linear equations either last year or this year.
So how does drawing in Desmos actually teach students to write? Well drawing in Desmos isn’t like drawing on a bit of paper, it is actually a lot more difficult than that. Drawing a single line from point A to point B requires knowledge about linear equations and to draw a simple curve requires you to know about quadratics and parabolas. Telling students to draw certain things in a progressive manner forces to students to understand all these methods required to draw lines. So, if it is so difficult then why would students want to do it? What we observed from the classes we went to be that students we competitive about completing these activates which means Desmos has done the impossible and got teenage boys enthusiastic about maths. Because of this I believe Desmos is a great way to encourage people to not only learn about maths but be engaged with it. I feel like people walking out of maths today will be a lot more confident things such as Cartesian plains, quadratics, liner relationships etc.
Story by Denzel Scott and Ben Clark
Photos and Videos Shot by Ben Clark