Creativity and Innovation is ISTE’s first technology standard area for students. This standard asks students to “create original works as a means of personal expression” and “use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.”
The Functions and Trigonometry classes, led by Chris Lucas and Greg Zupek, used the free online graphing calculator Desmos to create works of art. The students used equations to create lines on a graph that came together to form beautiful works of art. (I apologize if my math terms are incorrect in describing this process!)
Each line and curve is created with a different equation. The Dia de los Muertos skull below by Alison Pogorelc was created using 158 separate equations!
After the artwork was created, the classes came together for a gallery walk to view and critique each other’s work. The class culminated in a fast -paced quiz game of Kahoot.
This is an excellent (and fun!) example of students using technology to learn content, exercise creativity, collaborate, and communicate with one another.