Launched just a few days, PhotoMath is a revolutionary app that quite possibly will change the way Math is taught and learned by students in schools.
To use, simply point the app at a math problem so that the smartphone’s camera can instantly scan the problem and provide a solution. The educational part of it is that it shows the solution – step by step – thereby letting the student learn how to solve the problem.
To quote one of the developers:
PhotoMath is a 21st century evolution of a calculator and it can enable every student to have a math teacher in their pocket.”
While Math education is not my specialty, this certainly does seem to be a groundbreaking development. The first five minutes of this video shows the developers explaining and giving examples of how it can be used. It sounds very impressive.
Needless to say I had to give it a go to see if and how it worked. So I tried my luck with something fairly simple and then a calculation that was just a tad more complex.
Pretty good! It will be interesting to see if this takes off in schools.