Teaching with Desmos

Online Series


Unlock the power of Desmos in your classroom ...

"The course was BRILLIANT - I had no idea how much more I would easily be able to do on Desmos." - Course attendee

Desmos is a free suite of online mathematics tools. Two big highlights of this suite are the graphing software and the activities. Desmos Activities offer highly engaging ways to interact with students both face to face and remotely. In this course we will look at how the effective use of Desmos can help to deepen students’ understanding of mathematics at both GCSE and A level.

This series of sessions will support you with learning how to use the graphing calculator, the extensive set of pre-made activities and how to create or personalise your own activities.

Desmos is a very easy-to-use tool that will help you to integrate the use of technology into both your GCSE and A level mathematics lessons. This course will take you from a complete introduction to advanced techniques with bite-sized regular sessions.

"Excellent explanations of the required skills and time to practice them. Well planned activities and access to amazing resources" - Course attendee


  • To develop your skills when using the Desmos graphing calculator
  • To explore the use and creation of Desmos activities including refining activities using computational layer
  • To consider effective strategies for using the graphing calculator and Desmos activities in GCSE and A level Mathematics

Who will benefit from attending?

This session is ideal for all teachers of GCSE or A level Mathematics who want to make greater use of technology in their teaching. Please join us to see how easy it is to use Desmos.

Absolute beginners to Desmos are welcome to the first session - no prior knowledge or experience will be assumed.

Subsequent sessions will rely on the content from earlier sessions.

"The way it was delivered allowed a bit of toe dipping into the wide realm of Desmos functionality. But crucially delivered in a way that gives enough confidence to have a go at any aspect!" - Course attendee

Presenting Team

Natalie Vernon
Natalie Vernon
A level Maths Professional Development Coordinator


Sarah Denison
Sarah Denison
Maths Education Support Leader


Tom Button
Tom Button
Technology Professional Development Lead



There will be six sessions of 1.5 hours each

  • Introduction to Desmos - using the graphing calculator
  • Introduction to Desmos Activities
  • Use of activity builder
  • Advanced use of the graphing calculator
  • Desmos Activities: getting started with computation layer
  • Using Desmos for statistics

All sessions will take place online from 4.30pm-6pm.

Materials and Equipment

Delegates will be expected to join this session via an internet-connected computer or tablet. Although Desmos can be used on smartphones the screen-size is too small to make effective use of some of the Desmos Activities.

Other Information

The online sessions will take place via a Zoom webinar and be recorded. Recordings will be made available to all teachers enrolled.


Any teacher working in a school or college in the UK can apply for this course. However, due to the way we are funded, priority will be given to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England. Applications from those teaching GCSE or A level Mathematics in other institutions will be confirmed if there is capacity. This course is only open to teachers working in schools or colleges in the UK.

Study Schedule

Date Session content
Thu 27th January Introduction to Desmos - using the graphing calculator
Thu 3rd February Introduction to Desmos Activities
Thu 10th February Use of activity builder
Thu 3rd March Advanced use of the graphing calculator
Thu 10th March Desmos Activities: getting started with computational layer
Thu 17th March Using Desmos for statistics

All sessions will take place online from 4.30pm-6pm.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics, Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Use of technology

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

9 hours

Online sessions:





Mon 1st Aug 2022

Course times:

16:30 - 18:00



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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Natalie Vernon
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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