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Writing Out Math Problems on the iPad

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Hello everyone,
We have a student at my school who uses his iPad a lot instead of writing because he has a disability that makes it easier for him to do this.

This works really well, except when he needs to use it in Maths. Often, he needs to write down specific mathematical symbols - and the basic keyboard on his iPad doesn't let him do this.

Now, I do know that you can get different keyboards for the iPad - including ones with emoticons and different pictures. My question is this: is there one that he can install that is easy to use and has all the mathematical symbols that he might use?

Thanks for the advice.

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Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
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Hi Keith, I asked around and received some recommendations for you. Many of these apps are potentially useful for students with dysgraphia, dyslexia, and dyscalculia:

ModMath
http://www.modmath.com/
This app is made specifically for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia. You can use the touchscreen and keypad to set up and solve math problems.

MyScript Calculator
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-calculator-handwriting/id578979413
This app performs mathematical operations naturally using handwriting.

MyScript MathPad
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719
From the same developer as MyScript Calculator, this app lets you handwrite equations or mathematical expressions on the screen and have them rendered into their digital equivalent for easy sharing.

MathScribe
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mathscribe/id520058883
This app includes a number of basic and advanced customized keys for Arithmetic,
Trigonometric and Greek input backed with superscript and subscript functionalities.

Talking Scientific Calculator
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-scientific-calculator/id411433609
This calculator has large colorful buttons, optional high contrast, full VoiceOver support, and the option to use speech for answers, buttons names, and formulas.

Offhand, I'd guess that MathPad would be a good fit for your needs, but I wanted to throw all these options out there for others who might be interested in this topic.

One note: the app marketplace is constantly changing. Give it six months, and there will likely be new (and maybe better) apps out there. It pays to constantly keep an eye out for new developments.

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