Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New FastFig Live and Running!

Hi there FigFriends,

A few days ago, we told you to expect some big changes to FastFig. Well, today, they’re here. You will log into a dramatically different FastFig that lets you type and solve math even more naturally. In addition to higher level symbols and a more intuitive way of writing math, Fastfig Premium users will be able to turn off the solving engine.

So what are you waiting for? There’s lots of new numbers out there for FastFig to crunch, and we’ve created a new quick how-to guide and video tutorial to help you get oriented.

Go check it out!
-The FastFig Team

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Unruly Integers!

Greetings Fig Buddies,

So we know we said our big upate was going to be out last night, but it turns out we want to fine-tune some of the larger numbers and add in a last operation or two. In the words of our lead developer "Math is really broad," and we figure it's worth taking a little extra time to tackle a bit more of it.

You'll see the new FastFig soon, and it will be awesome.

-The FastFig Team

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Big Changes in the Works for FastFig

Greetings Fig buddies!

We’ve been incredibly busy the past few weeks working on a major update for FastFig. We’ve sent our best numeral wranglers out into the frontier to retrieve more unruly integers, and our operator smiths have been hammering away at the finest integral symbols the land has ever seen.

And our work has paid off, so we wanted to let you know that, starting Monday, FastFig will look a little different.

Here’s what you can look forward to:
  • A new FigPad that makes your notes look like real math. Now you can write problems just like you would with a paper and pencil, except they will be editable, sustainable and neater.
  • Higher-level symbols like series and definite integrals work in an intuitive, visually clean way. At the same time, expanded lower-level symbols like fractions make FastFig an even better tool for middle and late elementary school classes.
  • FastFig Premium users will be able to turn off autosolve for their pads, allowing educators to see every step of a student’s problem-solving without the power of the full FastFig engine.
It will look and feel different, but don't be scared! We'll have lots of resources to help you get oriented.

See you soon with all our new bells and whistles!
-The FastFig Team

Monday, June 17, 2013

Math Monday: Can We Give Every Classroom Internet Access?

Greetings Fig Buddies!

We've been hard at work on a major update (more on that Friday), but it's been a big month for math and edtech, so I wanted to make sure we kept our Math Mondays rolling. The news from around the math/edtech world:
The eighth-graders wrote and recorded their answers on the tablet computer and also voiced over an explanation of how they solved each problem. With a click, they emailed their finished test to the teacher. 
Make it about math, and you've basically got our vision. For more on this evolving part of the edtech landscape, check out Matt Levinson's piece on the "screenager" generation.
Lastly,  you may have heard that President Obama announced plans to get high-speed Internet into 99% of school classrooms within five years. We've been known to go on rants before about the woeful lack of Internet connectivity and infrastructure in education (and we know some are trying to fix it), so ConnectED would be great. But there are usually some hiccups between an idea that sounds great and actually making it happen, so we'll stay cautiously optimistic. The LEAD commission followed the announcement up with a five-point plan that included getting digital devices in the hands of every student by 2020.

Okay, enough serious stuff. Take a break from work and go do mental_floss' Monday Math Square. Studies say short breaks for brain teasers increase productivity: