In my role as a special education inclusion teacher, my Math co-teachers have shared with me
two barriers to implementing more technology in the Math classroom. One common issue is
when certain things cannot be done digitally, with the technology we have, such as having the
students graph on the computer. The other common issue is that creating Math assignments,
quizzes, or activities in digital form takes an inordinate amount of time.
This week, I stumbled upon something in technology that Math teachers are ecstatic about. It
is something that will make their lives as Math teachers easier. It will save them time, as it
allows you to create digital Math problems and formulas so much quicker. The piece of
technology of which I speak is a Google Chrome extension called EquatIO. It will also benefit
any teachers who have a need to type up equations or formulas, such as for Science or
Engineering. A bonus of EquatIO is that it is free for teachers! It must be purchased for
students, but the website says the pricing for school districts is as little as $1 per user.
This extension allows the user to type from a keyboard, but there are three features to use,
that save so much time. First, is the ability to handwrite on a touchscreen and have it
transposed into a typed version. Second, is my favorite part about EquatIO. Through voice
input, it allows you to dictate your equations or formulas and convert them into a typed end-
product. Last, is the library of pre-made, commonly used formulas, equations and math
expressions that comes with it.
As a special education teacher, I found this last feature to be very useful for any students who
need to use a screen reader. EquatIO integrates with Google Chrome’s Read&Write and that
allows students to have Math problems read to them. This is something that is not possible or
is not done accurately with most screen readers. I have just recently started using EquatIO, but
I am excited to see what possibilities it unleashes!
Lisa is a Math inclusion teacher at Richmond High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from IU East and her Master’s degree from IU Bloomington. She started her teaching career in 2000 and came to Richmond Community Schools in 2011. She is very interested in working with technology. Lisa and her husband, Brian, have one son, Andrew. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends