Patrick McGrath

The Three Cs - Texthelp @ MathsConf 15, June 2018

Collaboration. Creativity. Critical thinking. Essential skills for today’s students, and it’s important that we include opportunities within learning to encourage and develop these skills. Technology in our classrooms has provided us with new ways to engage pupils in learning; new ways to allow them to explore their subject and new ways to work together. Our pupils are living in a digital world and classrooms are adapting.

On the surface, technology can look a little inequitable across subjects, perhaps in part because our traditional view of tech has revolved around ‘apps’ - and in the case of math these have been used as reinforcement or "drill and practice" tools. Of course, this approach can help every student but it doesn’t provide opportunities for creativity and collaboration in a way that impacts learning, understanding and knowledge.

For technology to succeed in the math classroom, we need to look wider - to exploration with video, to tools that can give context to mathematical concepts, to ways that pupils can express and articulate their understanding, as well as methods that allow pupils to work together and discuss their learning. 

At Texthelp, we’re doing our own little bit to help - with EquatIO. We realized early on that as classrooms moved towards digital tools that there was a missing piece - an effective way to type and enter mathematical terms and equations. We wanted to make that simple, so EquatIO provides the means to make math digital by voice, text, LaTeX, handwriting and prediction. It’s the bridge that helps teachers create resources and lets pupils submit their work digitally without complexity. Integration with Desmos adds graphing, and mathspace creates a collaborative working environment. EquatIO is truly a powerful tool for pupils and teachers across the STEM subjects.

We’ll be at MathsConf15 on 23rd June in Manchester, and our session will be exploring three very simple things. How we help pupils think, help them create and help them show their understanding. It’s a very practical guide to making technology effective in every math classroom. We hope you’ll join us, and if you can’t stop by, why not drop us an email and we’ll get you some of the resources from the session?


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