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EquatIO

As an educator, you work with a wide variety of students with different strengths, weaknesses, interests, and learning preferences. These variabilities can present barriers to teaching and learning if you don’t have the proper supports to meet the unique needs of your students.

With EquatIO, students with a variety of backgrounds and learning abilities can engage with math and STEM content in the ways they prefer. 

What is EquatIO?

EquatIO software allows you to create accessible mathematical equations, formulas and more directly on your computer.

Simply type, handwrite or dictate any expression, and EquatIO will convert it to accurate digital math which can be added into a Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Google G Suite apps, or D2L with a click.

Features - at a glance

The EquatIO toolbar includes a number of features to make digitizing math easier.

Equation Editor

Create your math and science expressions by typing directly into the editor. Use Prediction to insert fractions, exponents, operators, formulas, chemical symbols, and more.

LaTeX Editor

For more advanced users, use LaTeX to create math expressions and add them directly into digital documents.

Graph Editor

Create and customize single or multiple graphs, plot ordered pairs or tables of points and more, with this tool powered by Desmos graphing calculator.

Handwriting recognition

Handwrite math expressions using a touchscreen device or mouse pointer.

Speech input

Dictate equations and formulas aloud. EquatIO turns your spoken input into written expressions.

EquatIO mobile

The mobile app enables you to use your phone or tablet to insert handwritten math, spoken math, or images into your document.

Insert mathspace

A collaborative workspace for your Chrome browser that gives instructors and student the ability to collaborate on math.

Screenshot reader

Turn any equation across the web into accessible, editable math with the EquatIO Screenshot Reader. Simply take a screenshot of the inaccessible equation to convert it into accessible math, which will automatically be read aloud.

How to Get EquatIO

EquatIO is available in D2L through the "Insert Stuff" menu item when editing quiz questions, files, and discussions.

D2L Inset Stuff button

The EquatIO Pro version for Windows, Mac, and Google is available to all faculty, staff, and students at MSU using their MSU Google account.

To install EquatIO on your laptop or PC:

Training Resources

EquatIO introduction video

Resources for Instructors

  • Training Portal - free, short courses that explain how the software works and provides strategies and best practices for using it in the classroom
  • YouTube Playlist - how-to demo videos for a deep-dive into how each feature works
  • Quick Reference Guides - explanations for each button within EquatIO for Google, EquatIO for Windows/Mac, and EquatIO mathspace
  • EquatIO-related blogs - best practices and thought pieces related to EquatIO, math, and STEM