Desmos Activity Builder Workshop Series


Dates: (you may select the sessions you wish to attend) - Online


  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Getting Started with Desmos Activity Builder (AB) 
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Teaching Synchronously with Desmos Activity Builder
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Create Custom Activities with Desmos Activity Builder
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Using Desmos Activity Builder Asynchronously and Providing Feedback
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - Introduction to the Computational Layer in Desmos Activity Builder
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Using Advanced Computational Layers with Desmos Activity Builder



Time: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM (Registration starts 15 minutes prior)


This will be taught virtual in Zoom. A link to the  Zoom room will be included in a reminder email after you register. All sessions will be recorded and a link to the recordings shared with registrants.




Registration is Free.


Registration open through 12/9/2020 11:59 PM


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The Desmos Activity Builder series is a series of six workshops to support math teachers in their use of the Desmos Activity Builder for both synchronous and asynchronous math lessons. Learn to use and customize Desmos activities from the Desmos activity library and then create your own math activities with the Desmos Activity Builder. Learn how the Desmos Activity Building lessons can provide students with immediate feedback and how to build engaging lessons using computational layers. Learn how to use Desmos Activity Building to create lessons to support your math curriculum.


Getting Started with Desmos Activity Builder (AB) - October 14

Do you want to engage with your students with a user-friendly digital platform? Learn how teachers are making math fun, using Desmos AB activities to support synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Watch your students engage with hands-on exploratory activities and then collaborate with fellow classmates and teachers to show their understanding. Explore the geometry and assessment tools built-into the Desmos AB site and get a taste of customizing or even creating your own activities. Connection to using Desmos Activity Builder within the Illustrative Math Curriculum will be highlighted. Leave ready to start using the free Desmos AB platform to support grades 2 - 12 math instruction. Desmos AB integrates with Google Classroom, allowing assignments to be assigned directly to Classroom.


Teaching Synchronously with Desmos Activity Builder -October 22

Learn to monitor student learning, whether you are with students synchronously, in a face-to-face classroom or entirely online. Teachers can use this platform to monitor student learning, and provide either real-time feedback, or auto-generated feedback. Controlling the pace of an activity allows opportunities for deeper dives into conceptual understanding. Making students' identities anonymous allows for peer critiquing.


Create Custom Activities with Desmos Activity Builder Oct 27

Learn how to create and share custom Desmos activities. Activities can be as simple or sophisticated as you'd like. Add engaging components like Card Sorts and Marble Slides to check for understanding after exploring tables, graphs, and sketches. Add multimedia (video, audio, and GIF) to put some sparkle in your activity.


Using Desmos Activity Builder Asynchronously and Providing Feedback -Nov 12

Learn to teach with Desmos AB when students must learn and complete their assignments asynchronously ~ entirely online. Teachers will see how to leave feedback specific to each student, as well as having automatic feedback based on student input. Teachers will see how to use the teacher dashboard to monitor and formatively assess student progress.


Introduction to the Computational Layers in Desmos Activity Builder - Dec 2

Make Desmos Activity Builder more engaging by creating activities which include computational layers. A computational layer connects screens and components in our activities, converting discrete, isolated mathematical moments into a richer, more coherent experience for students.


Using Advanced Computational Layers with Desmos Activity Builder- Dec 9

Build on your computational layer (CL) foundation skills to create powerful learning activities in Desmos AB. Expand on your skills for giving feedback, and see how to create different strategies of conceptual understanding through the use of a MC component. You'll also see how to prevent students from skipping slides in order to rush to the end of an activity.

About Us

The MAISD is a strong regional education service agency serving the public schools of Muskegon and parts of Oceana, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties.

Our primary mission is to provide the leadership, programs, and services that enhance the success of everyone we serve and it is our vision to be the premier source for quality educational leadership, programs, and services.

Continuing Education

1.25 Professional Development Hours

1.25 SCECHs Available per session -Pending Approval


Andy Malbouef is entering his 30th year of teaching math. He has a strong passion for creating engaging lessons that allow students to connect theoretical mathematics with visual mathematics. He is also a strong believer that technology allows us to make this connection.




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MAISD Registration Assistance


Online - Via Zoom

You will receive the link to the meeting in a reminder email.