Day 10 of Google: equatIO for Math and Science classes

On day ten of Google, we will take a look at equatIO. Over the past year, I have watching how equatIO is evolving and transforming their product to help make math digital. I am impressed with what I have seen so far.

Let’s face it, showcasing math work electronic can take a bit of time and energy to get your point across. Text help is trying to help solve this with their product equatIO. I can see both math and science teachers embracing this chrome extension.

EquatIO has a chrome extension that you download from the Chromestore (free for teachers). Once downloaded and activated, you are able to

  • type your math
  • speak your thought process/math
  • handwrite your work
You are able to use this extension when you are using G-Suite. (While Google has its own ‘math type’ most do not find it user friendly. EquatIO can be a great solution to getting math equations, expressions and thought process down in a Google product.) When you want to activate it, you select the chrome extension and away you go. I am particularly impressed with the speaking component. Simply by saying, new line, you are able to showcase your math in multiple steps/lines.

You will also notice that equatIO has text prediction so that the moment you start to type ‘quad’ – you can select quadratic formula and the formula will show up without the user having type the entire formula. When you get into the options menu, followed by math options, you are able to turn on math, chemistry, and/or formulas prediction to help save you time.

In the gif below, you will see how to:

  • start using the extension
  • use speech to text
  • insert the math text – you will notice that equatIO inserts the math as an image – if you determine that you made a mistake or you want to change something that you initially made, you select the image in the Google Doc and extract the math so that you can make the necessary change.
This is a very quick overview of the equatIO. If you want to know more about this tool or bounce ideas of how this can be used in your curriculum, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Some of our math teachers are already using the extension. The next step is to see how we can implement this with our students. I hope to write a future blog post on this as well as equatIO new feature equatIO Mathspace. (NOTE: In order for students to be able to use equatIO, students must have a paid account).

And that is my Spiel…