Educational technology has a reputation — deserved or not — for being years behind the rest of consumer tech. There are a number of reasons why this might be: entrenched interests at both the school and corporate level, for example, or fears on the part of many teachers and startups to challenge some of these big players. But things are changing, and we’re seeing innovation in a number of areas, including a new company to add to the list of Davids versus Goliath: Desmos.
The Goliath in this case would be the Graphing Calculator, a piece of hardware that, for the last 20 years, has been synonymous with one company: Texas Instruments. A required purchase for many high school students, a graphing calculator will set you back around $100, depending on the models and the features.