Why Stop with G Suite and Microsoft Word? Type Math in PDFs Too!

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Math teachers have a lot of worksheets that they’ve compiled over the years. Most are probably handouts that they photocopy year-over-year. Some may have been scanned and converted into PDFs, delivered digitally to students for them to print out or handwrite responses to on a separate piece of paper.

But what if I told you the days of faded photocopies and static PDFs with loose paper responses are a thing of the past? That’s right, you can now type math directly within PDFs thanks to the latest integration between EquatIO for Google and Read&Write for Google Chrome PDF Reader.

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EquatIO Mobile: Digital Maths in the Palm of your Hand

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In past blog posts, we’ve discussed the value of technology in maths & STEM classrooms. Most notably, technology supports multiple means of representation and expression, it encourages group collaboration, and it provides students with rapid sharing and teacher feedback.

Despite these benefits, I’m sure we can all think of instances where more traditional forms of education still come in handy. For example, there may be some maths problems that students prefer to solve on a scratch piece of paper. Or, maybe as a teacher, you still find the whiteboard to be the easiest way to present your STEM lessons to the entire class.

We want to help you and your students merge these two forms of learning together so that you can experience the benefits of technology no matter what form the maths comes in. That’s why we created EquatIO Mobile.

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How to Make Math Accessible on the Web

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With all the latest assistive technology today, the World Wide Web is becoming increasingly accessible for all users. Particularly when it comes to individuals with visual impairments or learning disabilities like dyslexia or dyscalculia, there are a handful of resources available for them to use to have the text read aloud, including built-in tools like Browsealoud and universal screen readers like Read&Write.

When it comes to math, however, there are added challenges to accessibility.

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EquatIO is Crazy for Canvas!

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If your school, college or district uses the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), you won’t want to miss this latest update from EquatIO!

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A Big Day for EquatIO

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Today is a big day for EquatIO®. Not only does it turn 1 today (happy birthday!!) but it also recently hit a major milestone: reaching 1 million users! Thank you to all of the educators, edtech leaders, STEM enthusiasts, and (of course) students who have explored EquatIO, provided valuable feedback, and got us to the place we are today. It’s been wonderful seeing how teachers and students alike are using EquatIO to engage in STEM like never before.

In honor of this special day, we’d like to hand this blog post over to one of those 1 million users, Dan Lyons from Lakeview – Fort Oglethorpe High School in Georgia, to share his experience of incorporating EquatIO into his math classroom. Take it away, Dan!

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What are the benefits of using technology for maths instruction?

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This week we have another guest blog post from Kristine Scharaldi, an education consultant and instructional coach with a specialization in the fields of educational technology, Mind-Brain-Education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and 21st Century Skills/Global Education.

Continue reading to learn why it's important to incorporate technology into maths & STEM classroom instruction.

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