Mathematical Exploration and Formal Assessment Using Desmos

Presenters: Alana Tuckey and Steve Tuckey, Jackson College

Summary:  Finding ways to encourage and foster inquiry within mathematics is a tricky task. Finding inexpensive, user-friendly technology that can be adapted for examinations, when you might not want full internet access is at least as challenging. The free Desmos graphing utility can tackle both of these challenges, changing teaching and assessment of mathematics. In this presentation, specific, presenter-tested strategies for offline app use will be shared along with loads of inquiry starters from across the discipline. Attendees will need their own mobile devices to try the free application, but presenters will also provide examples of machines (inexpensive Chromebooks in “kiosk mode”) that serve as offline “Desmos Test Mode” devices.

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