a/k/a Great Moments in Digital Networked Math Curricula
You Should Check Out
What It Is
First, you had Fawn Nguyen's assignment where students created a face using the Desmos graphing calculator.
Students reviewed conics and domain and range. That was a blast for a lot of reasons. Now Desmos has created a system where the teacher can quickly see the creation of the faces in real-time and use filters to sort quickly through student work in productive ways.
Why It's Important
Des-man explores the potential of networked devices in math class.
You could download the Desmos iOS app, flip off your iPad's Internet connection, and still have a good time creating your Des-man. If the experience of using a digital math curriculum doesn't get any better when you turn on the Internet, it is wasting the Internet.
With Des-man, an Internet connection lets you see all your friends' Des-men instantly, as they're being drawn. It lets the teacher see the Des-men quickly too and then select and sequence them in productive ways.
We have here a math activity for networked devices that doesn't waste the network. That shouldn't be noteworthy, but it is.