# MyScript Calculator

This is my new favorite app!  The MyScript Calculator is a unique tool that allows students to handwrite complex equations and formulas into their iPad or iPhone and obtain instant results.  Not only can this be used to perform simple arithmetic operations, but the MyScript Calculator can also handle more complex operations, including trigonometric functions, logarithms, and certain constant expressions.

From the developer, the full list of supported operators includes:

Basic operations: +, -, x, ÷, +/, 1/x
Misc. Operations: %, √, x!, |x|
Powers/Exponentials:
x, xy , x2
Brackets: ( )
Trigonometry: cos, sin, tan
Inverse trigonometry: acos, asin, atan
Logarithms: ln , log
Constants: π,
, Phi.

One of the only drawbacks of the MyScript Calculator is that while the technology is intuitive, it is not perfect as assessing what students intend as they write.  Therefore, it is important that they try to do so neatly in the app.  Also, variables are not written as they would in a common algebraic expression.  For example, MyScript reads “x” as multiplication instead of a variable.  Simple single variable expressions can be solved but students need to use “?” as that variable, as opposed to letters.

The applications and advantages of this app are enormous, however.  Students who are unable (or unwilling) to use a basic calculator can try MyScript for a more tactile math experience.  This would also be a help to those students who need to solve more complex calculations that would be difficult with pen, paper, and a traditional calculator.  While MyScript will not, and should not, replace more traditional methods of computation and equation solving it is a fantastic tool to have in your belt.

MyScript for Android Devices

Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

# A Pair of Gaming Apps

## 24 Game

You might remember the 24 game as a kid in school!  You get a card with 4 numbers and you have to add, subtract, multiply or divide your way to a total of 24. With this app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone, you can have your class play without the use of the cards.  The interactive nature of the app will definitely spark new interest in this game, as well as the ability to keep score and track fastest times!

## SimplePhysics

The SimplePhysics app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod and is a great tool to have students work with some realistic physics as well as engineering.  Students can build simple to complex structures (it advertises tree houses to Ferris wheels) through a blueprint interface then subject them to various tests in a game-like environment.  Create structures that will withstand different forces, or simple create intricate designs.  An added feature is the challenge mode where students have to create designs like rooftops and bridges to meet certain specifications while also remaining in a set budget for their project.

Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

# A+ Click Math & Logic Problems

If you are in need of some technology and an interactive, customizable component to your math lessons, you might be interested in A+ Click’s Math and Logic Problems.

A+ Click’s problems run the gamut of difficulty and complexity from the 1st to the 12th grades and cover a myriad of other subjects from Arithmetic and Geometry through Everyday Applications, Sports, Logic, and Funny problems.

There are two ways that you could possibly use A+ Click:

• It could be used as a quick gauge of student’s skills as each grade level allows the student to take 20 questions in their “quiz” and then, if they score high enough, they can advance to the next level – almost as though leveling up in their favorite video game.  They’ll love seeing how far they can get, and you will like seeing the statistics provided by A+ Click that assess the skill areas they are having difficulty in.
• Alternately, you can pick and choose individual questions from any of the grade levels or subjects on A+ Click.  Use these as pre-made warm up activities or exit tickets.  Instant feedback is provided and the site lends itself to both projectors & white boards or to your chalkboard.

As with any interactive site, A+ Click Math and Logic Problems relies heavily on browser plug-ins – in this case Adobe Flash.  Make sure you test the site on the machine you want to use in school first to check compatibility.