Saturday, March 22, 2014

Working on Instructions for Project in Desmos

I'm working on instructions and a rubric for students' project in Desmos.  The purpose of the project is to review the seven parent functions we have studied and to give students an opportunity to demonstrate creativity with those functions.  A key skill will be limiting domain and range.

I don't have the rubric yet ... it needs to be simple.
Here are the instructions for the project.  I would love your feedback!


  1. I am doing a conics project using desmos and all our Alg 2 graphs and even some we haven't done yet (sin, cos). The kids have to limit the domain and range too. I suggest looking at bob lochel's youtube video of his conics project. It is 30 minutes long but it might give some suggestions to you (but the above directions look very thorough. Did you know you can input images into Desmos? I knew it but didn't tell my students, but they are figuring it out and I am okay with that. They are doing awesome things with this. A couple of students were working on their project after school in the library and ran to tell me their graph of animated molecules was featured on desmos. I did get a finished product already and it is a Minion, so awesome! I can't wait to get the rest of them. They are due on Monday. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for your ideas! I thought about waiting until we finish our conics unit but I'm anxious to see what they can do with what we have studied. I think I'll add in the directions that they can use the equations for circles, ellipses, and trig functions if they want to look those up. I can't wait to see what my kids develop! Would love to see how you set up your assignment!

  2. Hi
    thanks for sharing this. I am working on something similar now, and in need of a rubric. Can you share yours.
    In terms of submitting work I have Two suggestions for you
    1. once done, students can click on "share: in the top right hand corner. desmos gives them a link that they can share with you. that way you can see the actual calculator work, where you can click on part of the graph you want to see. you can do that with a copy pasted work
    2. students can also click on print, and there is a pdf option. that way they don't have to snip the graph and the equations and paste on a document. pdf converter will do all that.

    thanks for sharing again

    1. I'll look for my rubric - it was very simple.

      I assigned this project last spring. I created a Google dropbox (form) for submitting the link to their drawing. It worked great!