Keri McWilliams

Back to School: Are you improving Maths and STEM with EquatIO?


In this third blog of our Back to School series, we’ve pulled together some EquatIO features that can help improve digital maths activities in the classroom. 


Texthelper superhero with a science beaker, beside a backpack full of school stationary and the EquatIO logo

"Society has evolved from the industrial age to the information age. The industrial-style classroom is obsolete. Schools must seize the opportunity to integrate technology into the learning environment in effective and powerful ways that support improved student learning.” 

- Erica Mark, Technology Resource Teacher, York Region District School Board


EquatIO isn’t a replacement for pencil and paper, but it compliments the classroom by making maths digital, which in turn can make it much more interactive, engaging and encourages greater creativity. 

With so many features and functionality, we want to make sure you and your students are making the most of what it has to offer. 

Throughout our Back To School blog series, we will explore various themes that matter most to you (the teacher) and demonstrate how the software that your school has invested in can help you think differently about your lesson planning. 

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Did you have a good experience of maths in school? Or was it one of your weaker subjects, with the acceptance of just getting yourself through to that much needed pass mark during exam time? 

The digital age has brought all sorts of educational technology into the classroom, but with maths being a slightly different language to digitise, technology in the maths classroom has dramatically lagged behind. 

EquatIO has revolutionised this. We’re working with many teachers to come up with ideas on how best to incorporate this new technology into the classroom, some of which we’d like to share with you below. 


Quick and easy EquatIO hacks 


Exit tickets

Use EquatIO within Google Forms to help students showcase their working out and understanding of the day’s learning.


Variety of inputs  

Try prediction, dictation or handwriting recognition to create maths in the equation editor and insert into a Google Doc. 


Dynamic Graphs

Powered by Desmos, the graphing calculator makes maths visual. Simply enter any expression or data set into EquatIO and see it plotted instantly.


Create a student-teacher feedback loop 

Turn your EquatIO mathspaces into classroom assignments. Share problems with students, keep track of responses, and create an ongoing, valuable feedback loop between teacher and student.
 

EquatIO Activity database


Sometimes it is hard to think how to incorporate technology into good old pen and paper lessons. But we have a few more ideas in this EquatIO database.

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If you find these activity examples useful, check out our dedicated Back to School resource page for other handy hints and tips to help you get the most out of EquatIO. 

We’re also running live webinar, for each of our Back to School blog series themes. If you would like to learn more about how our software can help improve accessible maths, sign up to Richard & Anna’s ‘Accessible Maths using Read&Write and EquatIO’ webinar taking place on Tuesday 24th September 2019 from 3:45pm- 4:30pm. 

Lastly, if you would like to share how you use EquatIO in your classroom, feel free to add your ideas to the comments section below. 

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