Louis Shanafelt, EquatIO Product Manager

Infinite possibilities for digital math with EquatIO

The EquatIO team is always on the lookout for ways to improve the digital math experience. So when we heard that you were having trouble creating math with the EquatIO web toolbar, we got on the case right away to make it a better experience.

Infinite possibilities for digital math with EquatIO

As an EquatIO user, you’ll be well used to creating digital and accessible content in the Google platform, Microsoft applications, and inside their learning management system.  But we quickly understood that using the EquatIO for Google Chrome extension when you were just browsing the internet and visiting some of your favorite websites left you feeling a bit underwhelmed. As in, what if I could open the EquatIO toolbar on any website I visited instead of the abbreviated toolbar that I was used to seeing.  

As always, we’ve been listening to your feedback and adding more functionality to the EquatIO web toolbar. First up, we added the ability to use the Screenshot Reader so math could be read aloud. Then we provided a Discoverability button so math could be identified on websites, and finally we added in all three STEM tools which you’ve found to be very useful.  

But wait... it gets even better!

This latest release allows you to open the entire EquatIO toolbar at the bottom of your Chrome window providing you a full Web Toolbar experience. Why is this so important? The answer is simple. At Texthelp we have been listening to your feedback and you’ve been telling us all the places in which you wish EquatIO would work. These places include websites like Jamboard, Classkick, Whiteboard.fi, Desmos, Gmail, and many others.  

How to Input Math with the Web Toolbar

Now when you visit any webpage and click on the Chrome Extension in the upper right corner, you will immediately see the full web toolbar display at the bottom. Notice in the toolbar that the ‘Edit Math’ and ‘Insert Math’ buttons have been temporarily removed. The ‘Copy Math As’ button will be grayed out until you have actually entered in some form of math or text into the toolbar. Once you’re ready to copy that item to your clipboard click on this in the lower right corner of the toolbar to view all the formats in which we allow you to copy your math. Keep in mind that the platform in which you wish to ‘paste’ your math must be able to accept one of the following formats: Image, LaTex, MathML, Spoken Text, HTML, SVG, URL, or you may even download the image and use the image in places like Kahoot or Quizizz for Formative Assessments for example.

New Use Cases for the EquatIO Web Toolbar

In my time as the Product Manager for EquatIO, the number one request through the feedback form, Twitter, & emails has easily been for Jamboard integration with EquatIO. Now you can take your ‘Jams’ to a whole new level in your Math & STEM classes. Simply open up a Jam, invite some colleagues or students to collaborate with you, and you can all paste your math easily right inside Jamboard. 

Gif showing how EquatIO helps users to add math to their Jamboards

Gif showing how EquatIO helps users add math to platforms like Classkick, Whiteboard.fi, & Gmail.

In summary, this new and exciting web toolbar really provides endless possibilities for digital and accessible math. This truly is only the beginning. We plan on developing this toolbar even further to work in even more of the Ed Tech environments you use with your students.  

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We can’t wait to read your blog replies and your Social Media posts on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram. Make sure you tag your posts with @Texthelp or use the hashtag #EquatIO so we can learn where you are most excited about using the new EquatIO Web Toolbar.


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