LEARN DESMOS: Classroom conversation

 

Pause Class

Image of the teacher dashboard showing the pause button activated.

Pause class allows you to gather student attention—whether for a brief announcement, or a class discussion.

Image of the teacher dashboard showing the pause button deactivated.

Keep an activity paused for as long (or short) as you want. When you're ready for students to continue, press the pause button again to resume the activity.

Image of a student screen with pause activated.

With pause class activated, students can see—but not interact—with their current screen.

 

Teacher Pacing

Image of the teacher dashboard showing the pacing button activated.

By default, Desmos activities are student-paced. Want to lead students through part of an activity one screen or section at a time? Give pacing a try!

Image of the teacher dashboard showing how to select screens for pacing.

To activate, click the pacing icon. Then select the screen (or screens) you'd like to gather your students on. They'll automatically "snap" to that location in the activity, with navigation outside of that range temporarily disabled.

Image of the teacher dashboard showing the stop, edit, and "one more screen" buttons for pacing.

Once activated, you'll see clear indicators for what screens your students may access. You can edit or extend that range, or even disable pacing, with a single click.

 

Anonymize (and HIDE)

Image of the teacher dashboard showing the anonymize button activated.

Want to highlight student responses, and keep students focused on the math—rather than who was right, who was wrong, or whose work is on display? Anonymize!

Image of the teacher dashboard showing a portion of the student list with the anonymize button activated.

Students’ names are swapped out and replaced by the names of famous mathematicians. (Delightful, right?)

Image of the teacher dashboard showing the hide student menu.

Multiple logins from a single student? Or maybe an inappropriate name or comment? Press the three dots menu and select "hide student" to hide a student—name and responses—from the class.