## For quick math assessments, use MathType with Google Forms

You're preparing a lesson on *function composition*, a troublesome concept to teach, and challenging for many students to grasp. During lesson prep, you searched for an app, a website, anything that would let you quickly assess your students' understanding throughout the lesson. Many teachers use software or web-based polling apps for this purpose, but most of them don't support math.

## MathType + Hot Potatoes = Math exercises for mobile devices too

Scenarios like I'm about to describe are all too common. You've given your students a math exercise for them on their class iPads. You thought they understood the material, but the results were not good. It's not until a student asks you a question do you discover why. Some of the math symbols are being displayed incorrectly on the students' iPads -- yet the exercise looked fine on your computer.

## Writing math assessments just got a lot easier for Naiku customers!

See if this sounds familiar: You're writing a math quiz using an online assessment service. You need to add math notation to not only the questions but to the answer responses as well. Trouble is, the only options are to upload a separate image or to type into a text box some language with crazy keywords and syntax you don't have time to learn. On top of that, it only allows this in the question itself, not the answer choices.

## Pearson Higher Education Commits to 100% Accessible Math by 2014

*Steve Noble, Accessibility Research Consultant (Guest Author)*

Rick Clinton, Accessibility Advocate and Leader at Pearson Higher Education, recently blogged in Accessible Mathematics: HTML eBooks about Pearson's work to create "screen-readable" eBook versions of their mathematics and statistics textbooks which are formatted in HTML and MathML. They have been gradually adding to this collection for a while, which now numbers 70 titles. That's a nice-sized library of accessible math textbooks in its own right. But what is really notable in his post is the statement that, "...beginning in 2014, every Pearson college math and stats text will have an HTML eBook version." That's an impressive commitment from a publisher like Pearson Higher Education, and means that **every** math textbook they publish from now on will include accessible mathematics. Pearson is setting an example for the whole publishing industry, and deserves commendation for their resolve to support math accessibility.

## Positive results from math eText accessibility study published

Math accessibility is one of the biggest challenges faced by teachers of students with visual difficulties or impairments. In February, Steve Noble's blog post (MeTRC Research Underscores Need for Accessible Math) talked about a study involving students with reading-related learning disabilities. The study found that these students have 2-3 times as much difficulty reading math than they do reading plain text. When given accessible math materials, their outcomes on tests were much better than those students who didn't have access to accessible materials.

## MathType 6.9: New version works with Office 2013 and Office 365

I'm happy to announce we've just released MathType 6.9 for Windows. Our amazing developers have been hard at work making our flagship equation editor compatible with even more applications and websites! New features include:

## MeTRC Research Underscores Need for Accessible Math

*Steve Noble, Accessibility Research Consultant (Guest Author)*

This week I'm in San Antonio, at the Learning Disability Association of America's 50th Annual International Conference. On Thursday, I'll be presenting a session entitled *Implementing an Accessible Digital Math Curriculum in the Classroom*. In this session, I will discussing some of the research findings of the recently concluded University of Kentucky *Curriculum Conversion and Implementation* research strand, which was conducted under the auspices of the national Mathematics eText Research Center (MeTRC).

## Working math into your classroom technology: CMC-N Conference, Nov 30-Dec 1

This weekend, the California Mathematics Council (CMC) will hold its CMC North Conference at the Asilomar State Conference Center and Pacific Grove Middle School. If you'll be attending the conference, stop by our booth at Pacific Grove Middle School and let us show you how MathType works with software and other technology you use every day: Windows 8 tablet PCs, interactive whiteboards such as Promethean ActivBoard or SMART Board, and nearly 700 other software applications and websites.

## Accessible Math Coming to a School near You!

Following the Department of Education's guidance for NIMAS publisher, the NIMAS Center at CAST has recently issued recommended language to be used by states and local districts in state contracts or purchase orders for math and science textbooks.

## School for the Blind Leads the Way in Accessible Math

*Steve Noble, Accessibility Research Consultant (Guest Author)*

Recently, the Washington State School for the Blind has had a bit of good press (School for Blind Leads the Way in Distance Learning) about their innovative distance learning work. The school won first place in the "Cutting-Edge Use of Technology for Learning" category of Microsoft's Partners in Learning U.S. Forum award competition.