Math teachers have longed for the days when technology can be used to make math instruction better.
Nope. Scratch that.
Math teachers have longed for the days when technology can be more of a useful resource and not an obstacle for high quality instruction.
There. I'm happier with that.
Google Forms and Google Docs, while incredible, powerful, amazing, and beautiful, really weren't built for math and physical science teachers. Thanks to John McGowan and the folks over at Texthelp, that has changed.
With Equatio's predictive machine, users can start typing and a list of options pops up. Not sure how to create a fraction? Here are a few ways to do it in Equatio's predictive math generator:
See?! There are so many ways to say it in English and many of them are able to be picked up and turned into a fraction. For students who are creating representations of their learning using Google Docs (or filling out a Google Form), Equatio makes the learning accessible.
Voice to Math
Do you type your text messages? Or do you use the speech option?
With the audio feature, users can speak into the computer's microphone and it works to only extract the math in the sentence(s). Takealookadis!
And yes, it will be very helpful for students and teachers who want to verbalize their math. In the example above, the math it extracted wasn't perfect (and my example was rather silly), so I can go into the box on the right, change what I want to change, and then insert the math into my document or form.
Compatibility with Forms
See that blue box next to the "Your answer" section? Contain your excitement. I CAN SEE YOU GETTING EXCITED. Contain yourself.
Now, when completing a Google Form assessment, students have the option (and opportunity) to respond with meaningful and accessible mathematics.
... isn't that what we're going for?
Equatio has opened up a brand new window of opportunity for teachers and students to make math digital. Yes, Desmos exists and it is fantastic, as are Quizizz, GoFormative, and others. With whatever we do, though, we need to think hard about what we are giving, why, and how we are going to use it to drive instruction from that point forward.
If you have any questions about Equatio or how I am using it to support my teachers, please feel free to reach out.
Happy "Digital Math" Fishing
And as a bonus for making it all the way through the email, I want to give you a little teaser... Google Slides is going to be getting the Equatio treatment, too.