Rebecca Gedney
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Hello
I had a trial version of Equatio which was awesome! It’s a Chrome extension. I had to get my admin to allow it.
Now I just have the free version. Unfortunately, that does not work in Google forms or Google slides. So no Quiz forms or Peardeck slides with it. I have not really had time to create Google docs with it… but you can transcribe what you want. And kids could too. I really want to gain full access to it, because then kids who don’t want to show their algebra steps in writing could just say it. I found it followed what I dictated well.

One way that I found Gimkit effective is that if you have Peardeck, then the students can make the flashcards. In Peardeck, the students work in pairs to either describe the term in words or draw the concept. So when they play the Gimkit game, it is just a review of their own material, or their classmates’. You edit the flashcards before publishing them, so you can eliminate confusion. I had situations where not enough quality flashcards were made. However, it’s a good way to reward those who have gotten a good grasp and took time to create a good flashcard.
I was disappointed when my free trial ran out. I haven’t decided to pay for it from my own funds, but I might ask my principal. It’s a nice review. I think that kids do pay more attention to the money strategies and powerups. But every once in a while, that reasoning also has its place.

Hello! I am just now in my second year of teaching 6th grade math. I was teaching college, so this is quite an adjustment! I am from Jeffersonville, IN. Are you anywhere close?

thank you! I will be sending you some activities as I go!

I agree! I appreciate you walking us through all these things.

Also, when you’re doing this custom activity with a class, is there still a way to hide some students’ responses by using the teacher dashboard?

I’m looking at the “image” option. if I wanted to upload one of the clips in one of the tasks from your MMM website, could I copy and paste a link to get it to play?

Do they still have a course to become an expert with Desmos? And do you know if thereâ€™s already a practice problem set that Desmos recommends or affiliates with? Iâ€™m talking about problems from fractions and percentages up through Trigonometry. Thanks
 This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by Rebecca Gedney.

It looks to me like the magic dashboard that let you take a picture for a snapshot, only shows up on the teacher dashboard. Does that email only go to the teacher? And then the teacher has to forward the email to the students?

Desmos imports my students names from google classroom. How can I order them alphabetically? I donâ€™t see any logic to it. Thanks

I feel more freedom to address students where they really are, and not feel I need to punish or motivate them into memorizing steps and procedures.

Itâ€™s making more sense, especially for my 6th graders. But I think we should do it for Algebra 1 as well. Unfortunately, I havenâ€™t seen the curriculum for Alg 1 yet, and we start school in a week.

I donâ€™t think you can gain enough experience with algebra without some massing. And a lack of fluency can make students feel disheartened or bored. Those are concerns that I have with constant spiraling. But generally mixing it up and going back to prior concepts is good. I feel that more about sixth grade than advanced Algebra 1 or PreCal

I feel itâ€™s important that the students can recall multiplication facts automatically . I think using calculators stunts the need or importance. But if a student knows that multiplying by 8 is the same as double, double, double, then thereâ€™s some strategy to go to.

A concept that I might be teaching next week is exponents. Stage 1 is recognizing the superscripted number, but not knowing its meaning. Stage 2 is the same. Stage 3 is listing out the base multiplied by itself based on a diagram. One option is dimensions (only really works for degree two or three). Another option are tree diagrams. Stage 4 is seeing that exponential form is shorthand for repeated multiplication. Stage 5 would be combining two tree diagrams or two scenarios to show that you add the exponents when multiplying together two numbers in exponential form that have the same base.