MyScript Calculator

I was doing research on Socratic the other day when I found the app, MyScript Calculator.  The app seems pretty cool.  A person types math equations onto his/her phone’s screen, and it solves them.  This sounds like a great way to check to see if a person’s math is correct.  The bad part of this app is it does not show a person how to solve the equation. Photomath integrates camera support, but, again, that’s just math. WolframAlpha is unarguably a fantastic tool for quickly finding relevant answers and information. Compared to Socratic it’s not quite as simple, though, as it targets an older audience. One has to research the problem themselves in WolframAlpha, as opposed to just snapping a picture and seeing what comes up. I use WolframAlpha quite a lot, and I think that the benefits to the individual that come from research outweigh any potential convenience in an educational capacity, but that’s a matter of opinion.

I am pretty interested in this app.  Check it out and comment below telling me what you think.

 

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Found a great new app that I thought would come in real handy especially for those of you out there that need help with basic math facts. In my opinion, the best part of playing this game is it will decrease the amount of time it takes to do basic math facts which in turn will make your math homework take less time.  That’s a win-win in my book.

This app can only be downloaded onto a phone but the good news is it is free!  Check it out by clicking here!

 

Why Math?

Why does math seem so hard?  I get that question all the time in AVID Tutorial.  Math is more than just solving, it’s about understanding math concepts.  Math, today, is teaching us how to think.  Today, math is teaching the how and why not just the what. Math is an incredibly important skill we all need to learn.

Math should be an equal mix of procedure (how to solve the problem) and problem solving (how can we use the problem).  Learning to think is a crucial skill that will be used over and over again in your lifetime.  People need to be inventive, people need to be able to see a problem and find a solution.  Not just in math but in life.  So next time you are in math class or AVID tutorial.  Keep a positive attitude when it comes to math.  Math is not easy but it is probably one of the most important classes you will ever take.

What do you think?  Comment below.