I just whipped this up for my students to explore. I like to use ThingLinks as anchoring activities initially, and as study guides throughout and at the end of a unit of study. My students have a test on factoring this Tuesday, and will use any extra time after finishing the test to familiarize themselves with upcoming topics using this interactive image.
I used Keynote to make the background image, and created several graphs using Desmos.
Feel free to use, share or provide feedback!
To add some accountability to students’ exploring, I created this “Quadratics Poster” which is a graphic organizer in disguise. As students explore the ThingLink, they can answer some basic questions about quadratics.
Follow-Up: I used the ThingLink today with Algebra students. I let them know I was going to ask every student to answer this simple question after their “nubbin” exploration: What is one thing you learned about quadratics? After giving students 5 minutes to explore, I went around the room and posed the question again… and got a unique response from every student before ever referencing another resource for this chapter. Very cool way to… pre-teach? Is that even a word? 😉
Follow-Up Part 2: Check out an amazing extension thanks to Keith Tramper – using a very smart Google form to hold students accountable:
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