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Desmos, Coronavirus, and You

To the math teachers and students in our community:

As the threat of pandemic forces schools and districts to close, the world is realizing in real-time all the vital functions served by schools and teachers: shelter, health care, social-emotional support, food security, community, and of course, education.

Schools and districts are currently making an enormous request of teachers to switch modalities and start developing relationships and ideas virtually. We have reservations about this form of instruction and know it is often least helpful for students who need the most help. But we realize that some help is likely better than none, and we want to use our resources to help you make the best of a very challenging situation.

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Announcing the Desmos Equity Principles

Our mission at Desmos is to help every student learn math and love learning math. We know that every student is capable of advanced mathematical thought regardless of their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or other aspects of their identity. At the same time, we know that many math learners experience oppression both inside and outside of schools because of their identities.

We want our work to help address these unjust learning conditions. However, our efforts to date have lacked direction, coherence, and accountability, all of which has made it possible that we are harming students rather than helping.

As a start, we have created a set of Equity Principles.

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Announcing the Desmos Global Math Art Contest

Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated in our very first global math art contest! We have now announced the list of finalists as well as the top 3 winners of each age category. All these beautiful graphs are also featured on www.desmos.com/art.

COVID19 has impacted many schools recently. We are extending the deadline to April 30, so more students can participate.

In recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of classrooms around the world doing math art projects using Desmos. These projects involve using various equations and inequalities in our free Graphing Calculator to create some truly impressive pictures, often as a final project for a unit or even for the course.

Three artistic graphs—a streetscape, two goldfish, and a peacock—together with a peek at some of the equations that generated them.)

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