I am looking for a good app that enables students to chat with one another in order to work on mathematics problems. The idea is that, in the old days, students would work over the phone to solve math problems; these days, they are more inclined to chat using apps. I would like to provide students with that option so that they can work collaboratively in their own voice (so to speak).

To this end:

What are the best apps for students to discuss math problems?

  • $\begingroup$ How about google hangout? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ Look into MathJax. It is a browser extension that allows for Latex rendering. $\endgroup$
    – Chris C
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 13:09
  • $\begingroup$ You may wish to rename this question more accurately. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ A distributed whiteboard-type app? There are a number of them, such as this and this $\endgroup$
    – Rusan Kax
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ Benjamin Dickman, the reason I put this as mathematics literacy is that I am endeavouring to get students 'talking' and working collaboratively using the social nature of language to increase their mathematical learning. Sorry if I threw you off. $\endgroup$
    – Michelle
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 1:11

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We use Google Hangouts as a part of a Google Apps for Education deployment. It allows pupils to chat in real time, and allows the school some degree of control over this space. Apart from this, I think you can be pretty much assured that the pupils in your class will have their own strategies to solve this problem. They may not use them much for Maths, though!

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you all for your responses - they have been really helpful. Nickjamesuk, I think I will use your suggestion. Once again - really helpful everyone. $\endgroup$
    – Michelle
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 1:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Michelle If you want someone to be told you've addressed them, you should put the @ symbol at the start of their screen-name. (I notice that twice you have not done so.) $\endgroup$
    – Jessica B
    Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 17:57

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