For this lesson/project on technology integration in math classes, I collaborated with Ms. Leanna Winstead and her Math 2 classes at Heritage High School. They are using a web based tool called "desmos" located at www.desmos.com. A description of the tool is listed on the student's Project Information Sheet listed below. In addition there are detailed instructions on how students are to complete the project.
Mathspiration Art Project
Objective: To create a piece of art using functions. Your job is to create a piece of art for an "Mathspiration Art Exhibit" at a local art gallery. This exhibit is all about showing that Math isn't just numbers on a page, it's about bringing things to life. So we don’t just want regular works of art. Your art must be made by graphing functions on a coordinate plane. The idea is that we don’t just want basic shapes, We want pictures! That means that there are some guidelines you should follow.
You will use www.desmos.com which is an online graphing program to help you figure out how to do your picture.
This mini-project usually covers a day and a half but could be integrated with other areas of content. The finished student work will be added to a Padlet and students will complete a "Digital Art Gallery" walk and comment on each other's work. Another idea we had, and plan to do in the future, is to collaborate with the Art Teachers and actually host an "Mathspiration Art Exhibit" at the Spring "Meet the Teacher Night". That adds an authentic audience to the project and helps students see themselves in a real world situation.
These are the Content Essential Standards that could be associated with the project.
David Balmer serves as an Instructional Technology Facilitator at Heritage & Wake Forest High Schools in Wake County, North Carolina. David graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Secondary History Education and will soon complete his MEd in Digital Learning & Teaching from North Carolina State University. Additionally, he serves on the board of Safe Schools NC. David is passionate about making sure that all students voices are heard in education in North Carolina.