Desmos, the popular online graphing calculator, has a Test Mode that locks the device into just the graphing calculator (Link: https://www.desmos.com/test-mode) . The challenge is that it’s only for Chromebooks & iPads. And I use a Windows10 device. So here’s a parallel solution : Windows TakeATest mode. TakeATest locks windows… Continue Reading Desmos Test Mode in Windows

I thought that everybody did this! But apparently, not. So this was my XKCD 10,000 moment this week.  I happened to tweet the following — and I think it’s my popular tweet of all time.  And as you can see, I was just at the end of class and tapped it… Continue Reading Teacher as Student in Anonymous Desmos

So I’m only on the 2nd class of the year in my Grade 10 Math course so far.  We start late, and we only see them for 3 hours a week, so yes, we move a little slow.I had set them some review problems in Grade 9 Math, mostly questions… Continue Reading How do you know you’re right?

So using Desmos activities are a great way to encourage exploration and discussion in math class — if you haven’t tried them, I encourage it.  They’re collected at https://teacher.desmos.com/  But … Desmos doesn’t give you quite enough.  It doesn’t have a way of capturing the work that the student does within… Continue Reading Desmos, OneNote & Replay

The first part of the story is here: Part 1. The course I’m teaching runs every day in August, and Sept 1st.  The students return to school after Labour Day and then write their exam at the end of the week (we wanted to make sure we had a properly… Continue Reading Teach Math Online with OneNote & Skype (& Teams) (part 2)

So, although I tried to avoid it, I ended up helping design and am now delivering an online course in mathematics this summer, specifically the Ontario Ministry course MPM2D (Grade 10 Academic).  Fortunately, for the design of the course, I worked with one of the most organized and creative teachers… Continue Reading Teaching Math Online with OneNote & Skype (part 1)