Math is now digital

This week I learned about a Google Doc extension called EquatIO, which simply makes math equations digital.  The main area that I used it with was the ability to write or speak about an equation and EquatIO will translate it into an equation that is digital and editable, almost like google translate. It was made to make sure STEM subjects were not left behind as school becomes more digital.

This video gives an over view of what is offered within EquatIO for free.


The software itself is easy to use and simple to navigate. The only down fall that I can see right now is not knowing enough of what it is capable of. I looked at many of the reviews and so many teachers are loving the extensions, it saves them from having to give hand written worksheets and have everything saved in the same place.

The first way I thought of using this was on a smart board for the class to see. Say you had a graph on the board, students would be able to record themselves saying what they believe to be the equation and see if it matches.

There is a premium feature that builds upon the already existing extension. Within the premium package there is the ability to use the app on a smart phone as well that allows for many students to input the equations at one time.

Because this can be used by both teachers and students, and it leads itself to fall into multiple areas of the SAMR model. Within the graphing area, a student can manipulate the graph or the equation simultaneously making it a modification. For the worksheet area it is substitution because the questions are the same as they would be handwritten it is just easier.

This app can be used both by students and teachers, either at home or at school, this can be a cheaper option for graphing calculators. It is acceptable to almost anyone with a google account for free. Give it a try yourself, I think you will be pleased with what you are capable of doing on it.


One thought on “Math is now digital

  1. Hi Sarah, thanks for the shout out! In addition, I would also claim that you could say that EquatIO fits into the A category for some integrations. The multiple means of input allow students to create responses they might not be able to without technology. For example, they might not know the notation for squared (the 2 in the superscript), but with speech input they could say ‘3 squared’ and EquatIO will create the notation. This augments their ability to communicate their thoughts by giving them representations they might not ‘know’ yet. Similarly, the handwriting recognition to spoken math will give the student the terminology when they could scribe the notation (like when copying it from the board).


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