CONCEPT: A fantastic FREE new app that allows you to solve math problems in real time and check your answers along the way.
DELIVERY: As adults I think we can all remember a time from when we were younger when we found ourselves struggling on a math problem. After a few attempts we turned to the most tempting option of them all - the back of the book, which of course usually only worked if it was an odd problem. That solution though didn't help much, it just gave you the answer and many continued to struggle. Introducing a fantastic new tool so that today's student no longer has to worry about not being able to find help with the release of MathChat!
Now before you think about how difficult it is to type in advanced math problems rest assured that MathChat has a great interface. You can type and draw your equations allowing you to solve basic to complex problems! What really sold me was the ability to check your solution step by step, this really helps students pinpoint the exact missing piece of the puzzle in helping them find the right solution.
In addition to solving problems on your own, MathChat also allows you to solve problems in real time with as many people as you like. You can invite people to MathChat and if they are online you can invite them to help you. When multiple people are solving a problem together the screen becomes a collaborative whiteboard allowing others to use a variety of annotation tools to help solve the problem. There is a chatbox alongside the screen so that you can converse about whats happening.
MathChat also allows teachers to crate classes, so you can set up "office hours" where students know they can find you for some help. This is a great tool for tutors as well, you no longer need to be in the same room at the same time, you can help anyone from anywhere! For parents who are on the go or making dinner downstairs while your child is doing hw upstairs you can hop onto MathChat and work together to solve problems.
Above all, MathChat helps to enhance and develop communication, critical thinking, and collaboration - key skills emphasized in the Common Core Standards. When students support each other, they are motivated to construct arguments and critique reasoning in order to figure out the right answer. Students genuinely want to help each other, which motivates them to come up with explanations and arguments that will teach their peers.
LIMITATIONS: No limitations, however it would be nice in a future update to see a voice feature to enhance the overall collaborative experience.
CONCLUSION: All in all MathChat will be a brilliant new addition to your iOS device ensuring that you are never left alone again when struggling on a math problem. 5/5
Collaborative class activity
Review session before an upcoming exam