Last year I had my students create an art picture using Desmos. I showed them examples from Desmos.com Staff Pics, Creative Art to motivate them and give them ideas. My students loved the art they saw on Desmos, and were excited to create their own pictures. They came to me outside of class to learn how to graph certain functions, restrict their graph, and color in their art. It was a blast for me and a great learning experience for them. I loved how excited they were about creating their art! I have done this with students in Pre-Algebra and up, but you could change the project to make it appropriate for lower grade levels by having them graph only lines, or having them plot points in a Desmos table and connect them.
To keep all of their art projects in one place, I created a Desmos Activity Builder for the project. Having them do the project through an Activity Builder helped me manage all of their graphs so I could easily view them and access them for help. By using an Activity Builder, I was also able to include the instructions for the projects and helpful tips for them. I used teacher pacing, and restricted the screens to 1 – 5 during the project. After they finished the project, I turned on the “Reflection” slides so they could fill those out.
I had them print out their Desmos Art, and I made a huge collage of it on my wall in the back of the room.
- Project Instructions Screen
- A link to Learn Desmos so they can use more advanced equations
- Example screens that taught them how to restrict and color their graphs (and more) for them to examine and play with.
- A blank graph screen for their project
- A screen to describe their project
- Two “Reflection” screens for after the project was finished.
- What did you like the most about the project?
- What would you change about the project?
Here is the work of the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 students at my school.