Louis Shanafelt, EquatIO Product Manager

New look, added accessibility and lots more in the latest EquatIO updates

The EquatIO team has been busily working away, building some awesome new updates to the product for you all to enjoy. In this blog, we’ll show you what’s been going on, but first, it’s about time that we introduced the newest member of the team. It’s me! Keep reading for my full introduction and all the latest updates. 

Before we dive into what’s been happening with EquatIO, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Louis Shanafelt and I have recently joined Texthelp to be the new Product Manager for EquatIO. I’ve spent the last 20 years of my career immersed in the education industry, working for the eighth largest district in the country at Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. I’ve taught Elementary Education (5th Grade), Computer Education, Secondary Mathematics, and was a school based Resource Teacher. I then went to work at the district office as a Digital Curriculum Resource Teacher and was promoted to an administrative level position as a Coordinator for Instructional Design. 

I’m beyond thrilled to join the Texthelp team and look forward to working with EquatIO teachers and students to help make our products innovative and accessible for all. Amongst my first duties here is to share with you some exciting new updates to EquatIO that we’ve recently released. So let’s dive in...

User interface updates to EquatIO for Windows, Mac, mathspace and LMS 

Nearly all of our EquatIO products have just received a new user interface update. We’ve spent some time improving the look so you’ll now see things like:

New EquatIO UI

EquatIO Academy - This EquatIO Academy icon - graduation cap icon gives you the option of accessing “how to” articles and videos, explaining even more uses for EquatIO and providing new tips and tricks for your most loved features. 

EquatIO Academy article

Insert Text - The EquatIO text icon icon has been added so you can easily input any written text or instructions in-line with your math content. It’s great if you have text-specific items to insert into your math or want to deliver mathematical word problems.

Text Color - The text color palette EquatIO color palette icon allows students to provide visual cues to show what math has been performed from line to line as they solve their math problems. Teachers can also use it to show corrections when giving feedback on a quiz or assignment.

A new version of Desmos

Our friends at Desmos have released a new version (1.3) that includes the latest and greatest features that Desmos has to offer, including updates to statistical features. We have incorporated all of those updates into our Graph Input, which is powered by Desmos. Here’s a complete list of all Desmos’ latest updates.
Screenshot of Desmos interface

EquatIO is now even more accessible

Our latest accessibility updates will be particularly beneficial for people who use screen readers. We’ve listened to feedback from EquatIO users and added labels, buttons and pop-ups which will help EquatIO to be even more accessible. 

EquatIO accessibility pop up

We love to hear your feedback. After all, we’re making EquatIO for you! As the new Product Manager, I would love to hear from you on where you’d like to see the product go next. What would you love to see added? Or maybe there’s something we could make even more awesome? If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment below. 


Lynn Morin 9/4/2020 3:20:09 PM
This is a great product it would be more powerful if it had the ability to build specific math vocabulary lists in the same as Read and Write.

Deena Kimmel 9/4/2020 4:04:57 PM
Thank you for your feedback, Lynn. We will pass this along to the developers.

Peter Cracknell 2/21/2020 8:45:43 AM
G'Day Louis, I'm doing some work on STEM for blind students, investigating user-editable equations. I can't seem to get JAWS to step through Equatio EDIT section correctly - JAWS echoes the equation characters as you arrow through, but when backspacing, or inserting characters, it doesn't echo the characters you are deleting or inserting. As far as I can see, anyway; I am using the Trial version at present. What I would love to achieve is a blind student being able to inspect an equation with their screen reader, and correct it! Maybe there is a setting? Also, are there any keyboard shortcuts to get into the Edit area? Many thanks for your excellent work.

Deena Kimmel 2/21/2020 1:49:35 PM
Hi Peter! Thank you so much for your questions. Could you please send a direct email to l.shanafelt@texthelp.com with your questions? He'll be more than happy to discuss all of the above with you. Thanks!

Lisa Talcott 11/3/2019 2:05:38 AM
My students work on long division, but I haven't figured out how to write a division problem in that format using equatio. Is there a way to do it?

Deena Kimmel 11/5/2019 1:23:16 PM
Hi Lisa! Here is a video that Louis created that shows how to do long division in the EquatIO equation editor: https://youtu.be/EX4nLdgln60. Hope it helps!

Amy Carr 10/24/2019 12:49:00 PM
When will equatio be available for use in google slides? Amy

Deena Kimmel 10/24/2019 1:01:50 PM
Hi Amy! EquatIO is already available in Google Slides if you have a premium or free for teacher account. Thanks!

Julia Gilbert 10/23/2019 6:00:06 PM
I watched the video on the add extension page and it showed your tool giving a list of equations for students to choose from. How do you access that?

Deena Kimmel 10/23/2019 6:56:35 PM
Hi Julia! Are you referring to the Prediction feature (highlighted in this video: https://youtu.be/yI0lKej3_qE). Prediction is a premium feature that can be toggled on and off based on the user's preferences. So, if you have a premium subscription to EquatIO or are signed up for free for teachers, you should have access. If the prediction drop-down doesn't automatically show up as you type, you'll need to update your options. Click the EquatIO button in the toolbar and select Options. Then go to Math Options and toggle on Math, Chemistry and Formulas under Prediction and hit Save. Hope that helps!




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