NGPF Podcast: Desmos's Meaghan Maguire and NGPF's Kathryn Dawson and Dave Martin on making fun math activities
Making math relevant and engaging is a goal that math educators strive for. In this podcast, you will hear Meaghan from Desmos explain how their digital math activities help students love math. This ethos also drives the math curriculum team at NGPF which has been developing a Financial Algebra course. NGPF's Kathryn Dawson and Dave Martin share how they use Desmos to create activities that students love as well as explaining their creative process. Enjoy!
- 0:00~1:25 Introduction
- 1:25~4:21 Meaghan’s background and working at Desmos
- 4:21~6:30 Kathryn and Dave’s work on the Financial Algebra Course
- 6:30~14:38 Desmos’s mission, offerings, and partnerships
- 14:38~17:43 NGPF’s decision to include Desmos
- 17:43~20:28 Support available to Desmos users
- 20:28~23:03 Process of including Desmos activities
- 23:03~23:49 A word from NGPF
- 23:49~27:55 Curriculum team’s process creating the Financial Algebra Course
- 27:55~30:17 Teacher response to the Desmos activities
- 30:17~35:55 Equity focus and elevating student voice
- 35:55~38:12 Getting student feedback
- 38:12~38:53 Conclusion
“It’s hard sometimes to get kids to buy into the math. And so introducing the Financial Algebra course is a big step of saying: here’s the math that you need to know and also here’s some context that you can use to apply it immediately.” -Dave
“Especially if you are doing digital learning, it doesn’t have to be flat. It can be really dynamic and really interactive -- the more we’re pressing into that, we’re at our best.” -Meaghan
“We treat it [the Financial Algebra Course] very similar to how we treat most of our curriculum development. We go into it thinking about what learning outcomes we want, what are the big meaty questions here, and I think Desmos gives another layer to make it more interactive.” -Kathryn
NGPF also has a Math Collection that includes activities that incorporate statistics, percents and functions.
Data Crunches are one chart or graph followed by five scaffolded questions. Check them out here.