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Introduction to EquatIO

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Introduction to EquatIO

What is EquatIO?

EquatIO is a piece of software that runs on your desktop or browser and allows you to read, write and listen to mathematical material.

It also has STEM and graphing tools.

Here's an introduction to the EquatIO software.

Download EquatIO

You are able to use EquatIO as a browser extension. Follow the link to download this extension.

You can also download the EquatIO desktop app. Follow the link the download the app.

What's the difference between the Chrome extension and the Desktop app?

Use the Chrome extension for online files - webpages, PDFs stored in your Google Drive and so on.

Use the desktop app for offline files eg Word documents, PDFs stored on your computer.

Note: If you open a PDF on your computer in a browser, neither the Chrome extension nor the app will work! Viewing an offline file in a browser does not make it an online file. Upload the PDF to your Google Drive to use the Chrome extension, or open it in Adobe Reader and use the desktop app.

EquatIO features at a glance

There are many features that EquatIO offers which allow you to create digital maths.

  • An equation editor is available which means you can create maths and science expressions by typing right into the editor. You can use Prediction to insert fractions, exponents, operators, formulas, chemical symbols, and more.
  • A graph editor is available which allows you to create and customise single or multiple graphs, plot ordered pairs or tables of points and more, with this tool powered by Desmos graphing calculator. 
  • Handwriting recognition is available which allows you to handwrite maths expressions using a touchscreen device or mouse pointer.
  • Dictation of equations and formulas aloud can be understood, allowing for spoken inputs to be turned into written expressions.
  • The ability to screenshot any equation across the web into accessible, editable maths with the EquatIO Screenshot Reader.

Take a look at the Youtube playlist below to see these features in action.

What EquatIO can be used for

EquatIO provides you with the opportunity to understand and learn maths in a way that suits you best. You can speak, draw or type problems and equations directly on your device. 

Handwriting and dictation animation

Maths is made accessible as EquatIO brings it out of the pen and paper era. By moving to digital maths instruction, EquatIO makes maths more accessible, including being able to hear the maths read aloud to you.

Accessibility animation

You can visualise maths problems as you can create and customise graphs. Powered by Desmos graphing calculator, EquatIO helps students to visualise and explore a written equation.

Graphing tool animation

Adding maths to Word

EquatIO integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Word. This allows you to add formulas and expressions into documents with a click.

Add math to Microsoft Word. EquatIO for Windows integrates easily with Microsoft Word (Desktop version of Microsoft Word only. It is not compatible with Word Online at this time). It lets you add maths formulas and other expressions into documents with a click.

Maths prediction. EquatIO for Windows can intelligently predict what you type. It will suggest ‘square root’ when you enter ‘sq’, just like text prediction on your phone.

EquatIO's STEM tools

There are some useful tools that are available when using EquatIO. Take a look at the video below for a summary of some of these tools.

  • The first tool available is the use of a periodic table. You have the ability to look at the periodic table and access descriptions of each element. You can also add chemical symbols to your equation editor. 
  • A Desmos scientific calculator is also included within the STEM tools, allowing you to access a calculator to complete any maths worksheets quickly and conveniently.
  • A molecular viewer is also available which contains thousands of molecular structures. You are able to zoom in and out of the structures as required. You can also view the structures in different ways.

Accessible maths for students

Some more useful links