Activities, Parabolas


#booksnaps came from the incredible Tara Martin who decided to take Snapchat and have student annotate information from books. I loved it! Then I wanted to know how I could use this in math class. I was so excited when I coined the phrase #mathsnaps only to have Tara tell me someone else already beat me to it. That’s ok, it’s still a great idea.

I had my students create math snaps for parabolas after their catapult project. It’s a great (and fun) way for students to demonstrate their understanding of key features of the parabola. AND… you get to use Bitmoji’s so it’s a win-win.

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I have a short tutorial on my Infinitely Teaching blog to help with the creation of #mathsnaps in Google Drawing but I also give students this document in Google Classroom so they can be self-directed learners.

You can do this with any math subject area. Be creative with it. Here is an example from Jacob Mehr who saw my #mathsnaps on Twitter and decided to try them himself. He took the picture then dropped the image in Desmos. From Desmos he screen captured the image and put it in Google Drawing to finish the #mathnsap.

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