Connections Education Partners With Desmos to Offer Digital Math Calculator to Students in Grades 8-12

Next generation online graphing calculator now available to students at Connections-supported schools worldwide


BALTIMORE (September 28, 2016) – Today Connections Education LLC announced a partnership with Desmos, Inc. that provides students in grades 8-12 who attend Connections Academy-supported online and blended schools with access to a robust HTML graphing calculator that is available within their math courses.

“The digital calculator allows us to provide an HTML tool that students do not have to download or install, and most importantly, is tailored to support specific math content, courses, and students,” said Laura Fiala, Director of Curriculum Development for Connections Education.

Features of the digital calculator, which is compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, include the ability to plot graphics, create tables, pinpoint statistics, zoom, develop points of intersection, handle square roots and other scientific values, access video tutorials, and more.

“Connections Education and Desmos share a mission to help students build a foundation in math reasoning and problem solving” said Katy Elkin, Director of Partnerships at Desmos. “These are the underlying skills that set students up for success in college and beyond.”

For more information, visit www.desmos.com.

About Desmos
Beautiful, powerful, math! Desmos, Inc. imagines a world of universal math literacy where math is accessible and enjoyable for all students. The Desmos Graphing Calculator instantly plots any equation – from lines and parabolas through regressions and derivatives. This is the next generation of interactive math. Visit http://www.desmos.com or email info@desmos.com to learn more.

About Connections
Connections Education LLC is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Founded in 2001, the company’s Connections Academy delivers individualized learning to students by supporting tuition-free virtual public schools. In the 2015–2016 school year, Connections Academy supported 30 virtual public schools in 26 states—serving more than 65,000 students. Connections Education offers International Connections Academy, a fully online private school for students worldwide, and delivers blended (combination of online and on-site) learning in select states via tuition-free, public, Nexus Academy schools. The Connections Learning by Pearson division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions with a full range of digital learning solutions for grades K–12 including: online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and private and public online schools. Connections Education is based in Baltimore, Maryland and was named a 2015 and 2014 “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun and a 2013 “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson.