NGPF Podcast: Desmos’s Meaghan Maguire and NGPF’s Kathryn Dawson and Dave Martin on making enjoyable math actions


Making math related and interesting is a aim that math educators attempt for. On this podcast, you’ll hear Meaghan from Desmos clarify how their digital math actions assist college students love math. This ethos additionally drives the maths curriculum crew at NGPF which has been creating a Monetary Algebra course. NGPF’s Kathryn Dawson and Dave Martin share how they use Desmos to create actions that college students love in addition to explaining their artistic course of. Get pleasure from! 


  • 0:00~1:25 Introduction
  • 1:25~4:21 Meaghan’s background and dealing at Desmos 
  • 4:21~6:30 Kathryn and Dave’s work on the Monetary Algebra Course
  • 6:30~14:38 Desmos’s mission, choices, and partnerships
  • 14:38~17:43 NGPF’s choice to incorporate Desmos
  • 17:43~20:28 Help obtainable to Desmos customers
  • 20:28~23:03 Technique of together with Desmos actions
  • 23:03~23:49 A phrase from NGPF
  • 23:49~27:55 Curriculum crew’s course of creating the Monetary Algebra Course
  • 27:55~30:17 Trainer response to the Desmos actions
  • 30:17~35:55 Fairness focus and elevating scholar voice
  • 35:55~38:12 Getting scholar suggestions
  • 38:12~38:53 Conclusion



  • “It’s exhausting typically to get youngsters to purchase into the maths. And so introducing the Monetary Algebra course is a giant step of claiming: right here’s the maths that you’ll want to know and in addition right here’s some context that you need to use to use it instantly.” -Dave

  • “Particularly if you’re doing digital studying, it doesn’t need to be flat. It may be actually dynamic and actually interactive — the extra we’re urgent into that, we’re at our greatest.” -Meaghan

  • “We deal with it [the Financial Algebra Course] similar to how we deal with most of our curriculum growth. We go into it desirous about what studying outcomes we wish, what are the large meaty questions right here, and I believe Desmos offers one other layer to make it extra interactive.” -Kathryn


NGPF additionally has a Math Assortment that features actions that incorporate statistics, percents and features. 


 Information Crunches are one chart or graph adopted by 5 scaffolded questions. Examine them out right here. 

In regards to the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim’s saving habits began at seven when a neighbor with a damaged hip gave him a canine strolling job. Her restoration, which took nearly a yr, resulted in Tim attending to know the financial institution tellers fairly properly (and accumulating a financial savings account stability of over $300!). His current entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing govt compensation packages for Fortune 500 corporations and serving to households make higher school financing selections. After volunteering in 2010 to create and educate a private finance program at Eastside School Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim noticed firsthand the impression of an interesting and activity-based curriculum, which impressed him to start out a brand new non-profit, Subsequent Gen Private Finance.

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning via highschool and school. Along with his data rising alongside NGPF, after graduating from school in 2020, he joined the crew to work full time with a deal with instructor onboarding. He’s additionally the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes positive it’s accessible to academics on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Throughout his free time, he likes to check out coffees from totally different roasters internationally and check out new brewing strategies, though private finance gurus are inclined to warning in opposition to shopping for a cup of joe.


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