Tech Tip Tuesday: Photomath

by Kristie Burk

Sometimes I like to share apps that are great for students and teachers.  Other times, I just want educators to be aware of some of the apps that exist. Today I want to share one of those apps.

Photomath is an app that is available for an iOS or Android that allows students to take a photo of a math problem and the app will calculate the correct answer.  But wait…there’s more. By just a click of a button, the app will list all of the steps to finding the answer. Ostensibly, this tool could be used for students to check their answers or to better understand how an answer was derived. Unfortunately, it’s also a way for students to get the answers without doing the work themselves. Now, most good teachers will tell students that the homework is meant for practice and will help them on a summative assessment later. We might have to keep reiterating this concept.

Photomath is not just for simple problems. It can handle complex arithmetic operations, linear equations, roots and powers, quadratic equations, factorization, logarithmic and exponential functions, Trigonometry, derivation and integration.

Here’s a short video that shows you exactly how the app works:

 

Photomath 2.0 from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

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