The Desmos teacher dashboard collects a lot of student ideas. So what's the best way to make use of those ideas during an activity? Peg Smith and Mary Kay Stein’s 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions offers a clear and useful framework for facilitating class discussions around student thinking. We recently added a new Snapshots tool to make it even easier to select and sequence student work for those discussions.

Get started with the video on the right, then try your hand at selecting and sequencing student work for discussion during your next Desmos activity. Questions or comments? We'd love to hear from you at feedback@desmos.com.


Pro Tips

An image showing the snapshots camera icon above a sample math input response.

To select a response for discussion, simply click the camera icon.

An image showing three Screen 3 sketch snapshots organized into a collection.

Organize your snapshots into a sequence of collections. Each collection can hold 1-4 snapshots.

An image showing four snapshots in the present view with a question: "Which expressions are equivalent?"

Present your collections to facilitate class discussions. Consider entering a title or question, or simply share your discussion prompt aloud!