Education app of the week: PhotoMath for iPad

Want to see a magic trick? This week’s app of the week, PhotoMath for iPad, pulls off the feat of being able to both solve basic maths problems, and get children engaged with maths. See the magic for yourself below…

What is PhotoMath?

PhotoMath (PhotoPay Ltd, free) is an ingenious little app that solves maths equations on iPad. Just point your Camera at the page, and PhotoMath will instantly display the answer. PhotoMath currently supports basic arithmetic, fractions, decimal numbers, linear equations and several functions like logarithms. Unfortunately the magic is limited to just printed type, so can’t work its magic on hand-written expressions.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Now, we’d never suggest using PhotoMath as a replacement for good old fashioned working out, but as a tool for testing whether results are correct, it is very handy. It also means parents can quickly check any equation-based homework their child comes to them with at home, without the cold sweats sometimes induced when faced with having to think back to GCSE maths lessons.

What’s the best feature?

The best feature of PhotoMath, we’d have to say, is the Steps button. Give this a quick tap and the app will give you a step-by-step solution, broken down with full working, so students can see exactly how the answer comes about. The only problem is that, at the moment, not every maths problem is supported, but the developers are constantly adding in support for new problems in every update. And they urge users to feed back with any problems where the magic didn’t quite work, so they can add support in future versions.

Where can I get it?

PhotoMath (PhotoPay Ltd, free) is completely free which, for what is really quite a magical app, is just fine by us. Search the App Store on your iPad or download PhotoMath on iTunes here.

– Missed last week’s app? Check out our review of Seesaw for iPad here.

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