Yes, you can code Desmos Activity Builder’s to personalize them and make them do more! If you have been creating Activity Builders but want them to do more, coding is the answer! The coding in Desmos is called Computation Layer (CL). I highly recommend trying it out, as it’s great fun to program a small bit of code and then see it work in Desmos!
By far the best resource I have seen out there to learn CL is Jay Chow’s blog post, A Fool’s Guide to Learning CL. Jay is a Desmos Fellow and CL extraordinaire, plus I think he’s probably the nicest person I have every met. His blog post includes step by step instructions, hints, fun scavenger hunts, and even webinars to help you learn CL. Bonus – he’s holding 4 more Webinars starting in February!
Jay also has many other gems on his blog (I’m so thrilled he’s blogging), like several Breakout! Desmos activities! Thanks for all of your great work Jay! 🙂
I cannot say enough good things about the “Hour of Code” that my students participated in today. When I showed them the intro film yesterday they were so excited about coding they begged for the website link. I gave them code.org/learn. Another teacher told me that they started working on it immediately in work time yesterday. Multiple students told me they went home and worked on it last night, some for a couple of hours.
I signed up on the code.org website but did not receive an email with instructions or a teacher code. I later saw that I could have the students enter my email address on their code.org page, but by that time they were very involved and I didn’t want to interrupt them to have them put my email in. Even though I would love to get a summary of what they accomplished it was not worth stopping them. The whole point of the day was to get all of my students coding. The mission was accomplished, as I’ve had several students email me the progress they have made tonight with the projects they are still working on!
I’m not sure how long these tutorials will be available, but I do intend to find a way to give students class time to learn coding in the future. We have been inspired and I want to give them the opportunity to develop this skill and keep this excitement alive!
Videos on YouTube!