Back in August 2015, Desmos released its Activity Builder, a tool by which teachers (and Desmos folks like myself) can build custom Desmos activities. Over the past few months, I’ve seen a number of Activity Builder screens like this:
In fact, I’ve created a number of Activity Builder screens like that.
However, I’ve also seen quite a few screens like this:
Notice the difference? It’s subtle, but powerful.
The ingredients are largely the same, but the vague objective is replaced by a clear target.
In each case, my followup screen probably looks something like this:
In other words, my ultimate goal here is to invite students to observe and then describe a parameter’s impact on a given graph. But my path to that end has shifted from “poke around and see what you see” to “complete this specific task, now reflect on how you made it happen.”
Here are a couple more scenarios where I’ve found this approach to be helpful:
So, what would you do with this?
P.S. For a closer look at the screens above, go here.