I remember the words of a teacher of mine encouraging the class to “never under-estimate the power of networking.” It’s really just another way of communicating and sharing knowledge. The business world has its power lunches. Librarians have symposiums, conferences and webinars to name a few useful ways to network. I have been trying to combine the two with interesting results.
At a recent lunch with a math colleague, we got to talking about some of our favourite online tools and how we could help each other to spread the word. A great find should always be shared! I will now regularly ask the rest of our staff to make suggestions. The best ones will be added to the Library webpage as “useful links“ such as this one. I can think of so many students who will love to learn more about math at the library while exploring Desmos!
Desmos a free online tool that works as it was meant to and more. Basically, we are talking about a free, online graphing calculator. You can find the calculator here:
Desmos is so much more than just a calculator. It allows you to explore “beautiful, free math.“ Set up an account and get started! Many sites provide classroom activities.
Ideas for Creative Art (like this picture) by Sean Grecco
Many YouTube videos like this one which shows the Desmos iPad app.
Free ChromeBook App is available here
If your students are not sure where to start, why not let them try Des-Man – the new face of graphing?
Desmos is a great tool to help change the Library into a Learning Commons. Math teachers may lend a hand at lunchtime!
Submitted by C.A. Case from PCHS