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Product Update

2020 May 8

Mathshare

Mathshare, the first-of-its-kind, inclusive, digital math editor that gives all students (with and without disabilities) provides the unprecedented ability to interact with math problems online and to easily demonstrate their math skills in a digital environment. As more classrooms utilize online learning environments, millions of students increasingly face challenges in solving math problems online and showing their work. This quarter we responded to the need for more distance learning tools and added in features that can help parents, teachers and students continue to support math learning from home.

Students are still able to show their work to an educator in a digital, accessible, and user-friendly environment and we added in the ability to collaborate with other learning management systems by completing our integration with Canvas. To help parents support their students at home, we added in the “other” option so that parents and guardians can also support learning through Mathshare.  In addition to access to the tool, “other” users will receive automated, targeted emails with instructions on how to get started with Mathshare, how to use it with students, and so on.

Looking forward, our work this quarter focused on building in enhanced personalization features specifically for students with dyscalculia and dysgraphia.  Soon, students who struggle with reading will be able to use a text-to-speech option so they can better understand what is being asked in the math problem. Lastly, we started work on allowing students to create their own problem sets which will help them to independently practice math work or copy over examples from other textbooks or worksheets, helping them to prepare for the school year ahead.

Imageshare

Imageshare is an open source platform that enables educators and consumers to find and share multimodal resources related to key STEM concepts. It has been lauded as “desperately needed” and is met with enthusiasm and excitement during user tests and feedback sessions.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this quarter was spent figuring out how to scope Imageshare so that it will be most useful to as many people as possible. The planning undertaken lays the groundwork for a redesign of the Imageshare website that will better support students of all abilities and teachers and emphasize a focus on middle and high school science and math. The redesign will allow us to further support teachers through the expansion of the collection and an increased ability to find the educational supports best suited for their students. If you have files or resources you would like to contribute, please reach out to AmayaW[at]Benetech[dot]org.

Diagram Report

The 2020 DIAGRAM report is shaping up to be a strong community effort with experts again volunteering their time and knowledge to write the chapters so you can learn about the featured technology straight from the source!

We would like to extend a huge thank you do this year’s volunteer writers:

Clayton Lewis (DIAGRAM community member, professor of computer science, and fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado) and his colleague, Sidney D’Mello (Associate Professor of the Institute of Cognitive Science) for their chapter on the Internet of Things. Devin Boyle (Senior Consultant at Wheelhouse Group, Emerging Technology Lead at the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), and Advisor at XR Access) and her colleague Kai Frazier (CEO of Kai XR and a former history teacher) for their chapter on Mixed Realities. Mario Konecki (Assistant Professor and Advisor to the Rector, University of Zagreb) for his chapter on Accessible Gaming and Volker Sorge (Progressive Accessibility Solutions, Ltd. and Professor at University of Birmingham, UK) for his chapter summarizing how technology for inclusive education has changed over the span of the DIAGRAM + award.

The report has an expected publication date of August 31, 2020 so make sure to stay tuned for additional announcements!

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