This can be a game changer for students with special needs who struggle with math. The Desmos graphic calculator allows students to interact with math equations through multiple representations. It is far superior to graphing calculators in terms of quality and ease of use and is free. The app for Smartphones is outstanding.

Here are features that make this calculator user-friendly and an outstanding instructional strategy.

Students can click on dots and the ordered pair will appear (see top photo below).

Students can change features of the equation and immediately see how the graph changes.

Students can collect data and create a graph and convert the data into “mathy” representations like equations (see top photo below).