Louis Shanafelt, Product Manager

EquatIO mathspace: it’s elementary my dear


The overall goal of EquatIO is to make it delightful, intuitive, and fun for students to communicate their thought processes. While a lot of our initial EquatIO releases and updates focused on supports for Middle and High School students, we wanted to spend some time creating features that would support Elementary School students as well. Great news: Introducing EquatIO Mathspace for iPad!


Younger students often use manipulatives in their classrooms to explore math concepts. Therefore, we have incorporated virtual manipulatives into this latest update of EquatIO mathspace! Now, teachers and students can mimic what can be achieved in the physical classroom on a digital platform, which offers additional opportunities for comparisons, discovery, collaboration, and personalization.
 
When you log in to EquatIO mathspace, you will now see dynamic fraction bars and circles with shading options included in the Smart Shapes tab to help with ratio fluency and comparative quantities. Embedding these dynamic manipulatives into a G Suite App with the EquatIO mathspace integration is a great way to enhance a lesson and make the material more than just ‘digital paper’.

Smart Shapes GIF

Additionally, in the Shapes tab we have a variety of standard elementary manipulatives including:

  • Tens Frames
  • Base 10 blocks (in 2D and 3D)
  • Pentominoes
  • Tangrams
  • Coins in multiple currencies
  • Pattern blocks
  • A Clock face
  • 3D shapes
  • Nets of 3D solids
Elementary Manipulatives
 

*Introducing EquatIO mathspace for iPad*

Now users can create math & stem thumbnails easily right from their mobile tablet. They then can be shared easily with students and easily submitted back to the teacher to receive feedback. There is no app to download in order for users to access EquatIO mathspace. Simply visit equatio.texthelp.com from their iPad browser and they will be asked to sign in using their credentials for EquatIO. Once inside you will see the same EquatIO dashboard you are accustomed to seeing on your computer.

Gif showing EquatIO Mathspace working on iPad

We are really excited about all of the new ways EquatIO can help younger students communicate their thought processes and explore math concepts. We would love to hear what other items you would like to see us build to help make your students’ math digital. Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Comments

MARY GROSHONG 5/8/2020 2:22:14 PM
Do my students need to have subscriptions to Equatio in order for me to use Mathspace with them?

Deena Kimmel 5/8/2020 4:44:31 PM
Hi Mary - Students can access certain features in EquatIO mathspace, but won't be able to edit a shared mathspace that you send to them in the free version. Here's a full list of the premium features: https://www.texthelp.com/products/equatio/premium-features/. We do have free pilot options if you want to give your students access to premium features longer than the standard 30-day trial. Please let us know if you have any more questions!

henri chauvet 4/24/2020 9:45:40 PM
We have this extension in our district, works for sr.high applications. I tried looking in app store and signing in online... can't find any of the elementary applications that is being showcased.
Not sure where I should be going to see this?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

thanks
Henri Chauvet

Deena Kimmel 4/27/2020 12:29:18 PM
Hi Henri - The elementary applications showcased are in our web app: EquatIO mathspace. Here's the link to access: https://equatio.texthelp.com/. Let us know if you have any more questions as you explore!

Carla Cotney 4/24/2020 2:24:47 PM
Have you developed ways for the blind and visually impaired to access and use equatIO?

Deena Kimmel 4/27/2020 12:52:19 PM
Hi Carla - We do have EquatIO users that are visually impaired, but it would probably be best to set up a pilot so that you or your students can test EquatIO with the specific equipment being used. We do have a video of EquatIO working with the screenwriting software NVDA: https://youtu.be/BvEm--dGlQ4. Hope that helps!

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