Last summer, the super-smart, super-creative team at Desmos (in partnership with Dan Meyer, who may or may not be one of the Desmos elves) released a lovely lesson titled “Penny Circle“. It’s great stuff and you should play around with it if you haven’t already.
The structure of that activity, the graphic design, the idea that a teacher dashboard can give rich and interesting information about student thinking (not just red/yellow/green based on answers to multiple choice questions)—all of it lovely.
And—in my usual style—I had a few smaller critiques.
What sometimes happens when smart, creative people hear constructive critiques is they invite the authors of the critique to contribute.
Sometimes this is referred to as Put your money where your mouth is. So late last fall, I was invited to do this very thing.
I have been working with Team Desmos and Dan Meyer on Function Carnival. Today we release it to the world. Click through for some awesome graphing fun!
It was a ton of fun to make. I was delighted to have the opportunity to offer my sharp eye for pedagogy and task design, and to argue over the finer details of these with creative and talented folks.
Because I just might get the chance to work on the next cool thing they’re gonna build.