Desmos: One-Day Workshop for New or Experienced Users

Event Details

  • Date:
    • February 21, 2024 - February 21, 2024
  • Presenter Name:
    • Andy Malbouef
  • Registration Deadline:
    • February 14, 2024
  • Start / End Time:
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Onsite Registration:
    • 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM (EST)
  • PGP Points:
    • 6
  • ESC Member Price:
    • $175.00
  • Non Member Price:
    • $250.00
  • Facilitator:
  • Location:
Event Cancellation Policy
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Join us to familiarize yourself with Desmos calculators, which are embedded on various state and national assessments, such as the new digital SAT and PSAT.  Desmos has a mission statement that says it’s goal is to “help every student learn math and love learning math”.  This involves far more than just simply solving math problems and inputting answers.  Desmos activities ask students to: 

  • Make connections between scenarios they encounter and mathematical ideas.
  • Look for patterns and represent those patterns mathematically.
  • Visualize theoretical mathematics with multiple representations.
  • Take chances, make mistakes, and adjust their thinking based on those mistakes.
  • Explain, convince, and defend their thinking.
  • Ask questions and share misconceptions in a safe environment.


Desmos for New Users (morning: 8am – 11am)

  • Using Desmos calculators (scientific and graphing)
  • Using Desmos in testing environments (SAT)
  • Introducing new users to Desmos activities
  • Utilizing teacher strategies running activities
  • Editing existing activities (beginning)
  • Creating:  card sorts, polypads, polygraphs, marbleslides

Lunch break from 11am – 12pm

Desmos for Experienced Users (afternoon: 12pm – 3pm)

  • Updating on the newest teacher tools
  • Editing and creating custom activities (advanced)
  • Introducing teachers to Computation Layer (Correct checks; student feedback; formatting and colors for notes and feedback)
  • Advanced Computation Layer (Hidden components; connecting tables/graphs; Match my Graph concepts; motion for graphs)


  • Familiarize teachers with Desmos calculators, which are embedded on various state and national assessments, such as the new digital SAT and PSAT.
  • Practical ways to teach lessons using Desmos activities.
  • Proven techniques to employ to get students to engage in lessons.
  • Addresses all levels of teacher familiarity, from beginners to experienced users.
  • Strategies to improve the depth of student thinking using the activity platform.
  • Practical ways to create and use Computation Layer to add engagement to your lessons.
  • Classroom-tested lessons and tips to reach students’ levels of understanding.


Event Cancellation Policy

NIESC Cancellation Policy

Registrants who notify NIESC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.

  • Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but one week before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop, will pay 50% of the registration fee.
  • Registrants who neglect to call or notify NIESC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full registration fee.
  • On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees