Make Mathematical Graphing Lessons Interactive with Desmos

Nicole Mathew
Curriculum Specialist
News on September 17 2021

Are you looking for a way to make your graphing lessons more interactive? Now it’s easier than ever to incorporate interactive graphs using Desmos in Lumio. Desmos is a free tool that allows you to add blank graphs, plot points, line equations, and even images that are oriented on the graph! Graphs can be created as standalone activities or can be added to any Lumio lesson including those containing pages from uploaded content like PowerPoint or Google Slides. You can even start a Desmos activity instantly from within an active lesson if you need to add a graph on the fly. Students can engage with a Desmos graph activity on the SMART board or individually, using their own devices when content is pushed out via Lumio.

 

How to create a Desmos graphing activity:

  • Login to your Lumio account
  • Click the green activities button to create a new activity or click the blue plus sign from within an existing Lumio lesson. 
  • Choose Desmos at the top of the page
  • Once your graph has been created, click the plus sign at the top of the window to add a folder for organization, a table for plotting points, an image, note or f(x) expression. 
  • Click on the keyboard icon to easily add functions and mathematical symbols.
  • When you’re all done, click “finish”

 

How to create a Desmos activity from an active lesson:

  • Start the Lumio lesson
  • Click the plus sign on the left side menu
  • Choose Desmos to launch the activity

 

Take a look at this video walk-through:

 

As you can see, Desmos is a powerful graphing tool that is easy to implement with your students. Please note that the edits made to a graph during a live lesson will not save. When you end the lesson, work done by either students or teachers will not be recorded for later reference. If you want to save class notes or student work, consider using the screen capture tool on the SMART board or have students take screenshots on their individual devices.

 


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