Nicole’s Nook: Doing Math on the iPad

The ModMath app enables children to easily do math problems on the iPad.

The ModMath app enables children to easily do math problems on the iPad.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from parents and teachers is how to do math worksheets on the iPad. While there are some great apps for annotating PDFs and worksheets such as SnapType Pro and iAnnotate, math is a little tricky as it may move right to left versus reading, which is always left to right.

The free app, ModMath, can be very helpful in completing math work on the iPad. While it does not offer every function I would like to see available for completing math worksheets, it can be a useful tool in helping with organization, legibility and sequencing. The app functions much like a virtual graph pad, which is useful in that it allows children to plot out their work in a much more legible and visual platform.

To get started with this app, just follow these steps:

  1. Add a new document. You can name it by the date or other title to make it easy to find and reference.
  2. In your new document, type your equation using the keypad. You will notice the cursor moves left to right, but you can override that by tapping on any cell on the screen.
  3. Many of symbols have additional options so if you tap and hold, contextual menus with options will display.
  4. The flexible line tool draws horizontal lines, but if you tap and drag, it can cover multiple cells for more complex equations.
  5. To share, you can export as a PDF via email or to other apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive. You also have the option to print your work.

For more app recommendations, check out our apps section or view my app page on the St. Louis Children’s Hospital website.

– Nicole Weckherlin, OTR/L, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapist

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