Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 1:30 pm

February 7, 2023

$279.00 per person

Making Best Use Of DESMOS To Strengthen Your Math Instruction

NEW Seminar Presented By
Gene Poole

Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers; Teachers of General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics; Math Curriculum Coordinators and Administrators

  • Dozens of practical strategies for best utilizing FREE Desmos to strengthen your secondary Math students’ engagement and learning
  • How to make best use of Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder to greatly enhance your grades 6-12 math instruction
  • Explore highly practical ways you can use Desmos on Chromebooks, computers, iPads, and mobile devices to increase your students’ success
  • Receive an extensive digital resource handbook and special online access so you can immediately link to the resources presented in this seminar

Practical Strategies

This outstanding, NEW live online seminar is specifically designed for secondary mathematics educators who want to make best use of the FREE Desmos calculator and Desmos Activity Builder lessons to greatly enhance mathematics learning and instruction. Experienced secondary mathematics teacher GENE POOLE will share practical, effective ways to use Desmos to build strong conceptual understanding and increase student success in math. Enable students to deepen learning by constructing their own mathematical understanding. Increase students’ confidence in their mathematical abilities, especially when faced with new concepts or challenging questions. Discover how the Desmos online calculator is so much more than just an alternative to handheld devices. Learn how to help students become mathematicians with Desmos – to conjecture, test ideas, notice and wonder, productively learn from mistakes, make connections between algebraic and graphical representations, and much more! Whether you are new to using Desmos, an experienced user or anywhere in between, you will leave this seminar with numerous practical ideas you can immediately implement to greatly enhance your math instruction.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Strengthen Your Math Instruction with FREE Desmos
    What every grades 6-12 math teacher needs to know about fully tapping into Desmos and Desmos Activity Builder … The best, most useful aspects for strengthening your math instruction
  2. Generate Excitement and Increase Student Motivation
    Explore real world, practical Desmos activities that spark students’ interest, strengthen their perseverance in problem solving, and give them the tools to explore concepts more deeply
  3. Quickly Adapt Premade Desmos Classroom Lessons or Create Your Own
    Save time – exploring and accessing ready-made activities for all grade levels that you can easily adapt for use in your classroom … Learn the keys to building outstanding Desmos lessons and how to easily create your own
  4. Utilize the Newest Features of Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder
    Desmos is constantly improving and adding features that add more capability … Leverage the newest features of Desmos, perfect for your grades 6-12 math instruction
  5. Differentiate Instruction and Help Students Move from Concrete to Abstract
    Incorporate activities that strengthen concept building by allowing students to advance when they are ready … Discover ways to challenge and engage highly capable students so you can focus more on the students who need you most
  6. Essential Desmos Features to Help Students to Explore Mathematical Ideas
    Discover and create dynamic tables, graphs and sliders students can use to make predictions, notice patterns, revise conjectures, construct understanding, and more! … Extend basic graphing calculator technology to turn Desmos into a powerful simulation and exploration tool
  7. Use Desmos to Help Students Adopt a Growth Mindset
    Enable students to adopt a growth mindset and value mistakes in the learning process … Explore ways to help students refine their thinking before formalizing the math concepts they are learning
  8. Strengthen Students’ Mathematical Vocabulary and Written Communication
    Explore multiple lessons that develop students’ accuracy in their mathematical communication … Help your students refine their explanations based on feedback they see in a Desmos Activity Builder lesson
  9. The Best Desmos Tips and Shortcuts to Streamline Your Instruction
    Explore time saving shortcuts to make your instruction more productive … Practical ways to make demonstrations faster and easily save your work from one class to the next, as well as easily monitor and assess individual student participation and progress
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook and Special Access to Additional Online Resources
    You will receive a digital resource handbook packed with ideas, suggestions and instructions for using Desmos to enhance your math instruction … Receive special online access to Gene’s personal library of Desmos projects he’s successfully used with his own Middle and High School Math students

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for making best use of Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder to enhance instruction and student engagement in your math classroom
  • Premade Desmos Activity Builder lessons you can instantly incorporate or easily adapt to enhance your mathematics instruction
  • How to help students test conjectures and investigate mathematical relationships
  • Ways to find, curate and share collections of Desmos activities with your colleagues
  • Numerous ideas and lessons to fully engage your math students in productive, collaborative learning
  • Classroom-tested Activity Builder lessons that increase growth mindset and lead students from concrete concepts to open-ended application and exploration
  • Ways to use Desmos in single and multi-device environments, including Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, and mobile devices
  • Strategies for maximizing student learning with the teacher dashboard including pacing, anonymizing, and pausing within a lesson
  • Explore multiple calculator features including tables, graphs, sliders, geometry, polar, parametric, lists, statistics, derivatives, and more!
  • How to interface Desmos calculator with outside data sources and modeling software that is readily available and free
  • Mathematical modeling and design tool possibilities including sports analytics, planetary motion, art projects, aeronautical design of airfoils, and more! … Turn mathematical models into real-life products or demonstrate physical phenomena
  • Valuable tips, shortcuts, and ideas for organizing and sequencing learning to maximize instructional time
  • Activities that move students from concrete to algebraic thinking and encourage them to predict, test and analyze their thinking throughout the process

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As secondary math educators, getting our students authentically motivated and engaged in learning mathematics can be challenging! Are you tired of students asking, “When are we going to use this?” or “Will this be on the test?” Do your students fear making mistakes or being embarrassed in front of their peers if their answer is not correct? Have you tried using handheld graphing calculators only to find students get bogged down not knowing which buttons to push or what syntax to use? What I find so exciting about Desmos is that it has the power to greatly enhance our math instruction and to help us address these and so many other challenges we face.

Having used Desmos extensively with my own middle and high school math students, I confess I am passionate about the power of teaching secondary mathematics with Desmos! I am continually amazed at the potential of this tool in the hands of students and teachers alike. In my classroom Desmos has become the go-to tool. Students immediately find it easy to use and full of features that help them visualize mathematics and sometimes even design their own products or demonstrate realworld phenomena.

I can’t wait to share with you how to make best use of Desmos in your own mathematics instruction. I have designed this seminar to cover all the essential aspects of Desmos while also demonstrating what is possible as teachers and students learn the full breadth of capabilities in Desmos. We’ll explore examples across a wide range of topics from class activities used to introduce new math topics all the way up to modeling and simulation projects. You’ll have hands-on time to identify and explore highly relevant applications for use in your own mathematics classroom.

We’ll also learn how to make the most of Desmos Activity Builder. Organize your own powerful discovery-based class activities with a tool that allows you to control, monitor and assess each student or group of students from your teacher version of each activity. Explore easy but powerful ways to get started with a rich library of available activities you can immediately use and adapt to meet your specific needs.

Secondary math educators at all levels will benefit from this seminar. You will discover that there is NOT a steep learning curve to using Desmos immediately in your instruction. And you will wonder how you ever got along without such a tool in your math classroom!

Gene Poole

P.S. I have personally witnessed the power of using Desmos in my own mathematics classroom. I can’t wait to show you how!

Who Should Attend

Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers; Teachers of General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics; Math Curriculum Coordinators and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Step-by-step guides for using Desmos to build strong conceptual understanding with your students
    • Screenshots to highlight various aspects of the teacher dashboard with practical suggestions for using them to maximize student learning
    • Suggested ways to use Desmos to teach concepts ranging from pre-algebra through calculus and statistics
    • A reference list for specific calculator syntax
    • Links to collections of activities that span secondary grade levels and courses
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in making best use of DESMOS to strengthen their Grades 6-12 math instruction.
  3. Consultation Available
    Gene Poole will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.