Desmos Activities for Distance Learning

I’m still on “Spring Break”, and we do not start online learning at my school until March 26th. I am glad that my school community has this time to process, as I am not ready to think about online learning yet. I don’t know what online learning looks like for my school yet. And I think that some students may crave the structure, but that others will need compassion, and space.

I do not want to assess my students. I am sure that they are feeling the stress of uncertainty just as I am, and I do not want to add to their stress. I want kids to feel connected to each other, especially if they need that. I would also like to mix up my students online learning, so they they are not just watching online videos and doing practice problems. I would love for their online learning to be creative, and not too monotonous.

Screen Shot 2020-03-17 at 3.32.41 PM.pngI plan on using Desmos Activity Builders that connect students to each other, like Point Collector, and especially activities that contain Gallery Slides. A Desmos Gallery is a screen at the end of an activity where students get to create their own challenge for their classmates. And then their classmates pick each others challenges to solve.  I feel that doing these galleries will not only allow students to be creative, but also feel connected to other students. I plan on encouraging them to reach out to the “creator” while working on a challenge, or providing feedback after.

I’ve created a Collection of Desmos Activity Builders that contain gallery slides here. I am sure there are more I am not aware of! Please let me know and I will add to this collection. I would love to know how it works out for your students, and the ways that you are incorporating galley slides, and all Desmos in general, in your online learning. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Desmos Activities for Distance Learning

  1. You have summed up exactly how I’ve been feeling. We found out on the last Thursday we would be out for 2 weeks starting yesterday. Then teachers had to leave school early on Monday because we’re sheltering in place for 3 weeks. And right after that we have our real Spring Break!
    Whew! Sorry! All that to say I appreciate your post about providing students with opportunities to also connect with each other. Totally in and will let you know how it goes.
    Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and hard work!

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  3. this is a fabulous collection of activities with challenge creators. Thanks. I think I will have students make screencasts of the challenge they created and solving someone else’s. Build community!

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