Deena Kimmel, Marketing Specialist

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

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.

Here’s how it works

If you have a premium subscription of both Read&Write and EquatIO (or have signed up for Free for Teachers for both products), you’ve already got access to this epic integration.

All you have to do now is open a math worksheet (take this one for example) with the Texthelp PDF Reader. If you’ve never used the PDF Reader before, visit our blog post to learn how.

From there, click the EquatIO for Google Chrome Extension, and the EquatIO toolbar will pop up at the bottom of your PDF. Now, you can work on the problems in EquatIO and input your responses directly into the PDF.

Watch the video below to see the integration in action:

Benefits for students

From a student’s perspective, this integration can make all the difference in terms of engagement. Students can view math problems and respond to them all from their computers - never having to deal with faded photocopies or separated question and answer sheets ever again.

What’s more, they can use the new EquatIO Screenshot Reader to hear the math problems read aloud and even copy and paste them directly into the equation editor for further engagement and comprehension.

Benefits for teachers

And it’s easier for educators too. Teachers don’t have to mess around with stacks and stacks of papers that get separated or have illegible handwritten responses. Plus, with the PDF Reader’s integration with Google Classroom, you can share a copy of the worksheet with every student at the click of a button. Then, when students are finished, they can simply turn it in through Classroom with another click. Collecting and grading assignments has never been this easy or efficient.

Looking for more tips on how to use EquatIO and all its features in the classroom? Check out Ben Rouse's pre-recorded webinar series on how to make maths (or math) digital in your classroom. Ben is a renowned educator and technology specialist who now works as a Google for Education trainer with AppsEvents. So, he knows what he's talking about! Access the series right here.


Terezinha Figueira Gonçalves 4/26/2020 12:05:33 PM
Sou professora e na confecção de formulários preciso de uma ferramenta para edição de formulas matemáticas.

Deena Kimmel 4/27/2020 12:46:40 PM
EquatIO works in Google Forms:

Rosalba Zappia 4/21/2020 4:01:10 PM
Vorrei la licenza gratuita

Deena Kimmel 4/21/2020 5:41:08 PM
Here's the link to sign up:

Eric Watt 9/17/2018 4:05:58 PM
Can the PDF editor save changes back into Google Drive yet or do students need to still download the edited PDF and then upload it back into Google Drive?

Deena Kimmel 9/17/2018 4:55:08 PM
Hi Eric! Thanks for your question. If your PDF is saved in Google Drive, any edits you make with the PDF Reader should show up automatically the next time you re-open the PDF with the PDR Reader. Just like a Google Doc, you don't need to physically save. If you find that this is not working correctly, please contact our Support Team at They will be able to look into this further. Thanks! 8/3/2018 12:04:49 AM
Come faccio per avere la nuova versione?

Deena Kimmel 8/3/2018 2:17:46 PM
Hi Domenico. Are you asking about the newest version of EquatIO? If so, you'll have to accept the new permissions by following this process ( or simply uninstall and reinstall the Chrome Extension from your browser. Thanks!




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