Why EquatIO is Setting Teacher Twitter Ablaze

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This is a guest blog post from Deanna Toxopeus, the Itinerant Teacher of Assistive Technology at Ottawa Carleton District School Board. The original can be found on Deanna's personal blog: Muffins and Shenanigans.

EquatIO is a program that is setting Teacher Twitter ablaze. It works on top of several different programs and browsers to allow you to do math on the computer. Unlike many other things on the market, the user still has to do the thinking and the work. It doesn’t do the math for you.

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EquatIO for Google, Meet EquatIO mathspace

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EquatIO has been evolving ever since its launch just over a year and a half ago. One of the main goals we’ve been working to achieve through these updates is to make creating digital math delightful, intuitive, and fun. We have already made a lot of progress towards that goal and this latest update brings us even closer.

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Digital Tools in the Maths Classroom

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As a Google Certified Trainer, I get to visit schools and work with teachers to integrate G Suite for Education, Google’s set of collaborative cloud-based tools. I got into this line of work thanks to a Gmail account I set up in 2011 to get lesson feedback from my classes via a Google form. These were my maths classes, having taught the subject from 2004 to 2017. My use of digital tools in maths came from wanting to move from the practice to the application more efficiently.

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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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