For many individuals with math-related learning disabilities, approaching math problems with only pencil and paper can be a strenuous and intimidating process. Thankfully, there is now a multitude of digital options for approaching a wide range of mathematics problems. From apps available on iOS or android to Chrome extensions that can be accessed from any PC or laptop, the options are ever-growing. Thanks to this digital evolution, many of the barriers which prevented individuals with math-related disabilities from reaching their full potential can be broken down.
In honour of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month we’ve prepared a list of some of the best math apps and extensions that are available on the market today.
Made for today’s tech-focused classrooms, this Chrome browser extension lets you type, handwrite, or dictate equations, formulas and more directly on your computer or Chromebook. Then add your expression with a click of a button to Google Docs, Forms, Slides, Sheets and Drawings. You don’t need to know any complicated math code or programming languages like LaTeX.
Graspable Math(new window)
This plug-in interacts with mathematical expressions you find on Wikipedia or any other webpage. Use this plugin to open a sidebar that lets you work on any algebra on the page. After you drag and drop formulas into the sidebar or enter them directly, you can then interact with the terms to create algebraic derivations, allowing users to drag text and Wikipedia images of math expressions into the plug-in sidebar to make them interactive.
Talking Calculator (iOS)
Talking Calculator takes mathematical equations and translates them into an audio format, allowing users with visual difficulties to experience a simple and accessible alternative to a standard calculator. This app also offers optional VoiceOver integration, allowing users to experience the full functionality of the program, without ever having to look at the screen
MyScript Calculator (iOS + Android)
MyScript Calculator is a handwriting based calculator that allows you to write and calculate mathematical equations by hand. The app will translate the symbols and numbers into digital text and instantly deliver the results. MyScript calculator is simple and intuitive, and offers export options which allow you to bring your calculations into other documents and apps.
Panther Math Paper (iOS)
Created under the standards of universal design, this virtual graph paper app is designed to be used by anyone – even those with significant motor disabilities. The app also offers advanced magnification options, the ability to lock equations, as well as a full range of advanced math tools.
Designed with Dysgraphic users in mind, ModMath assists students in acquiring math skills from basic arithmetic to complex algebraic equations. Designed as a piece of virtual graph paper, this app lets you type and solve math problems right onto the touch screen of an iPad.
Photomath – Camera Calculator (iOS + Android)
Photomath allows users to point their camera toward a math problem and Photomath will show the result with detailed step-by-step instructions, allowing users to have math problems broken down for them.