Here are a few ideas on how to write math equations on your computer and how to distribute them to your students.
If you prefer writing equations by hand, you will appreciate a graphics pen tablet.
1. I like the Wacom Bamboo Tablet, it costs about $70, does not require software installation and plugs into a USB port.
Write out an equation by hand using the pen tablet and Microsoft Paint (no Macs at SMU). Save as a .gif image file. Microsoft Paint is located in Start> All Program > Accessories.
Once you create the image of the equation, you can add it into your webiste, text editor or Course Management System. We use Moodle at SMU, so I will refer to Moodle from now on.
2. Sketchcast is a free web based application that allows you to create an animated movie of your sketch, record audio and publish online. Write out a solution and record a movie of it using Sketchcast. Distribute the movie through Moodle either by providing a link to the movie or embed it directly into Moodle by copying the embed code and pasting it into the text editor.
Here is an example of a sketchcast embedded directly into the Moodle course content area.
Be sure to click on HTML mode in the Moodle text editor when you paste the embed code (click figure below to enlarge).
Sketchcast allows you to record audio as well, so you can do a voice-over explaining the solution.
If you prefer your equations in type, try the tools below.
3. At SMU, DragMath is integrated with Moodle. You can use it by clicking on this icon in any Moodle text editor. DragMath allows you to drag and drop equations into the text editor. This way you can add equations to quizzes and assignments directly in Moodle.
4. MathType, available in Microsoft Word as a tab at the top of the page, lets you type out and insert math equations into a Word document. You can also save a MathType equation as a .gif image file.
5. If you have Windows 7, Math Input Panel lets you write out equations by hand, turns them into typed text and inserts them into documents (such as Word or PPT). Math Input Panel is located in Start>All Programs>Accessories.
Write an equation by hand with Math Input Panel and insert typed text into Word or Power Point. You can then upload the documents into Moodle for easy distribution. You can also copy and paste your equation directly into Moodle, just make sure that the text editor is set to HTML mode (as above in #2).
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