Rancho Cucamonga High School has been using technology for quite some time, so it was fun to hang out with Mr. Hansen to see how he and his department have been using the recently updated computer labs to impact instruction. With Desmos, an online graphing calculator (oh yeah, it's free!), his students were able to manipulate points and functions to represent desired quadratic functions. If you are interested, the handouts for the days are below:
Matching Quadratic Functions
Getting the chance to see this in action was a whole lot of fun! Kids were completely engaged and interested in why their graph wasn't perfectly matching up, all while their neighbor's was. There was a lot of rich conversation that ensued and, lo and behold, academic vocabulary was being used to discern between each of the functions in question. As a teacher, this was a dream scenario - kids debating over which function was correct using academic vocabulary and manipulating a graph... WOW!
If you haven't had the chance to mess around with Desmos for all of your graphing needs, we encourage you to do so. We have yet to find its limits of integration and support. Oh, and speaking of support, their Twitter handle is phenomenal for seeking advice or extending the project to another level. Try it out, reach out, and see what happens!
Sure, we are updating technology all around the district, and everyone is excited about the changes that are happening. However, it means nothing if we continue to go about business as usual. Mr. Hansen and the RCHS math team are just a small sample of the work being done around the district to seamlessly integrate technology into their current lesson plans. Mr. Luebbers at Montclair High School has completely redefined what a high school history classroom could look like with multiple screens, insanely interactive classes, and a true passion for teaching his students. Ms. Ramos has her students doing backflips with technology, using Thinglink, Google Docs, InstaGrok, and so much more to enhance the learning experience in history.
If you have a story of how you are using (or have used) technology to redefine what your classroom looks like, we would love to hear about it and come to see you in action. Please let us know by emailing us, commenting below, or sending us a message on Twitter. We look forward to finding out how you're making a difference in the lives of your students!