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:

@mathycathy Here’s how I used your Quadratics ThingLink to introduce and explore quadratics. My kids loved it. ow.ly/1W2nCy

— Keith Tramper (@tramperk) May 10, 2013

How do you get the the cool torn paper 3D effect?

Great little feature in Keynote called “Stroke” creates the torn paper look.

Thanks. I found it. I think I will play with that and ThingLink (hope you don’t mind me blatantly stealing your cool format). We have iPads in our math classroom, but have mostly just used Socrative with them. We are trying to expand our use of them (I’ve started writing some simple apps myself as well – only two so far, and they are pretty basic).

Do you happen to know when the Geogebra app for iPads will be done?

You know what they say about the sincerest form of flattery – just pass my blog along to others, and it’s a deal! 🙂

I’m not sure about Geogebra, but have you looked at the app “isosceles” at all?

Thanks for the tip. I just installed it and gave it a try. It was okay, but doesn’t really have the power of Geogebra – especially since I can make nice lessons in Geogebra (or use other people’s). I just started playing with the 3D features in 5.0 beta.

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Would you consider sharing this ThingLink with me? I follow your blog and on Twitter, and I use a lot of what you do in my own classroom! I am a big fan!

Hello! You should be able to use it if you access it in my ThingLink channel.