Thursday, January 15, 2015

Equation Editor Resources

It was clear, after the 2013-2014 field test, that changes had to be made to the equation editor feature of PARCC’s on-line interface.  Many students, teachers and districts sent Pearson their constructive criticism and consequently Pearson made major changes.  This week’s blog post is dedicated to giving you some new resources to use when it comes to the equation editor tool.

If you haven’t already checked out PARCC’s Tips for Entering Math with the Equation Editor, I highly suggest you do so.  For those of us who have used Microsoft Word’s version of the equation editor, some of these buttons are familiar.  But for students who have not created a fraction or an exponent on the computer, the tips page is very valuable. 

The next resource is an additional website to practice creating different types of equations.  Although PARCC has released many math items, it’s nice to be able to practice on other sites as well.  Fast Fig lets users create different mathematical expressions and equations.  This site offers a wide array of symbols and functions and is free to use.

Our final resource is a teacher made video.  Miss Coseno is an 8th grade math teacher who wanted to show her students the step-by-step process of using the PARCC equation editor.  In Miss Coseno’s Video, students are introduced to each equation editor symbol as well as the 'exhibits' and the calculators available on the PARCC website.  

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