Starting a Desmos Class Activity

To start a class activity on teacher.desmos.com, first make sure you are logged in (check in the top right corner of the page). If you already have a Desmos account for the calculator, you can use that information to log in.

Once you've decided on an activity to begin, you can start a new class by clicking the Create Class Code button on the activity page. This will generate a unique class code.  




When you are ready to start the activity with your students, have your class navigate to student.desmos.com and enter the unique class code. We highly recommend that students log in using their accounts when accessing an activity.

To view student responses and work in real time, click on the View Dashboard link. This will auutomatically open the teacher dashboard for that particular session. The class session will remain open indefinitely but students will not be able to access the activity until given the class code. 

Pro-Tip: If you click the three dots next to a teacher dashboard, you'll find a pre-populated link to the activity. Simply add that link to your webpage or LMS for easy student access to the session.

  

 

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15 Comments

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    Ksmith

    I teach high school Algebra 1 and I am looking forward to using this class activity function. Teaching using the TI graphing calculators is a pain in the butt because you spend more time teaching the calculator than teaching the math. If this works as well as your graphing calculator, I will preach Desmos to every math teacher I know.

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    Fatima Prioleau

    How can I view the past work of the students who have completed one of the Desmos Class Activity?

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    Team Desmos

    Hi Fatima!

    If you visit your teacher portal (teacher.desmos.com/portal), you can reopen the teacher dashboard for any of your past activities. Select a student from the student list on the left to see that student's work. You can click into any screen to see more.

    Let us know if you have any other questions or feedback :)

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    Rmahoney

    Can I use an existing file I have programmed in the calculator as a starting point for a Desmos Class Activity? Also, I tried pasting data into an activity graph and it did not work the way it does in a calculator. Any ideas?

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    Zicker63

    Would you please make a video of the screen process from teacher point of view with audio? Thanks!

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    Trevor Slater

    Please allow teachers to remove students from the class list during an activity.  When students work crashes or they close the browser by accident they have to sign in again and then the teacher gets multiple student sign ins from the same student.

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    Brandon Pachecosalgado 232

    YEAH 

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    Josh Aleman

    Is there a way to lock slides so students cannot go ahead until the rest of the class is at a certain point? This may be helpful for class discussions so everyone is on the same part of the activity. 

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    Jose H Ortiz

    How do I create my own activity?

     

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    Robert Chase

    How can I view past student progress, without having to go into each slide?

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    Jose H Ortiz

    I'm not sure how to build my own activity. Can you send a few notes on how to start?

     

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    Kristin

    Jose - If you go to teacher.desmos.com and select "Custom" on the left hand menu, you'll see a link that says "New Activity"! 

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    Julianne Coxe

    How can I save previous work done in an activity?  Or mark the work as right or wrong?

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    Bdomroes

    If I plan on teaching the same lesson to multiple classrooms do I need to generate a new class code for each class or is there a way to delete student responses easily so I can keep the same code for every class?

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    Josh Aleman

    It might be easier to generate a new code for each class, otherwise click on Manage Class, and "Hide" each student.

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