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Explosions, Innovations, and a Migration
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September 29, 2017 Vol. 22, No. 39


Global Math Week | EquatIO and Desmos | Migration



Upwards of half a million people of all ages will share a
mathematical exploration October 10-17. Get in on the fun of
the inaugural Global Math Week, starting with its free
materials, which include a guide for participating in as
little as 15 minutes, and lesson plans and handouts for six
different experiences with "exploding dots":

For translations in Spanish, Chinese, Bulgarian, and other
languages, visit

Sign up for this free international phenomenon, which has
already registered participation from over 100 countries:

Then explode some dots en route to thinking deeply about place
value, and share comments and photos on Twitter with the
hashtags #gmw2017 or #explodingdots and on Facebook:

Global Math Week hatched out of a question asked of James
Tanton, the Mathematician-at-Large for the Mathematical
Association of America (MAA). As with Tanton and the Computer
Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) that inspired this project,
the partners of Global Math Week unite a bevy of organizations
that have appeared in these pages through the
years -- including a start-up featured only two issues ago.

Until the second Tuesday of next month rolls around, check out
the tweets, community videos, and apps available from



On Tuesday, desktop software came out that typesets math from
keystrokes, handwriting, or dictation in Microsoft Word.

EquatIO for Windows and EquatIO for Mac let you create
mathematical equations, formulas, and more directly in the
popular word processing application. Freely download and
install the executable or disk image file; respectively,

EquatIO creator Texthelp has also rolled out a new
web application:

EquatIO mathspace allows you to seamlessly combine digital
expressions and formulas with geometric shapes, manipulatives,
handwrtten notes, and more. Take it for a spin using a
Chrome browser:

Texthelp, which appeared here upon the release of its EquatIO
extension for the Chrome browser, will offer premium access to
mathspace and its new desktop apps until Monday, November 6.

Earlier today, Texthelp unveiled a new partnership with Desmos:

Integration of EquatIO's predictive, flexible input technology
with Desmos's next generation graphing calculator will come to
EquatIO mathspace later this fall.

For its part, Desmos rolled out two innovations of its own
yesterday: more and finer-grained automatic feedback; and
improvements to its online calculators that make them more
accessible to visually impaired or blind students. Read more
about each development in turn:



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