Group Study / Calculus - A New Way to Study
How Group-Study Dialog Works
Whether you are using a desktop, tablet, or mobile device, the group-study network is ready to connect tutors or on-line mentors with a study group of one, or many.
Mentors, Tutors, or Teachers Sign Up
Everything starts with someone choosing to form a study group. That person purchases a license (summer 2015 licenses are FREE!) and can then form a study group. The mentors then e-mail invites to students.
Students Accept the Invite
Students accept the invitation. They are then assigned an e-mail address to the electricbook domain.
iPhone Students Download Math2U
After accepting the invite to the group-study team, students who use iPhones may optionally download the Math2U app.
Math2U Users Enter Their Credentials
When first starting up the Math2U application, students are prompted to enter their electric book login ID and password. From that time on, opening the Math2U application immediately reads their Electric Book e-email.
Android Users - Not to Worry
Android phone users have only to enter the e-mail of their mentor into their address book and use their regular e-mail reader to receive team e-mails.
Mobile User Interface
The features for both mobile and desktop users are similar, but the layout for mobile devices is a bit different:
Content is displayed with a table of contents. Once a problem is selected, the user displays either the the problem statement (a narrative describing the nature of the problem, or the solution.
The solution allows the user to step through a solution one step at a time. Controls include buttons to manage the stepping process. A slider also exists near the bottom of the solution sequence to allow one to quickly advance through the sequence.
For problems that include some graphics, a user clicks the 'Graph' or 'Math' button to flip between the views.
Users can also create electric book-links (eBlinks) by enabling the Create eBlink button.
With eBlink enabled, a student can touch a part of the formula to highlight a term. Repeated tapping will select increasingly larger parts of the formula or step. One who wants to attach an eBlink to part of a graph simply touches the part of the graph they want referenced (the size of an eBlink on a graph is fixed).
With an eBlink created, the person clicks the 'mail' icon at the bottom of the interface. A second panel opens up with the URL for the eBlink in a text area. One can then select all the text in that panel to the clipboard. A link is included to open up the phone or tablet's e-mail application to be included in a message to be sent to students or mentors.
- Tap a math term (or part of a graph)
- Click the 'mail' icon at the bottom
- Copy the URL text onto the clipboard
- Click the link to open up the mail application
- Paste the text into the message
Math2U And School-Work in Progress
Math2U students can use their customized e-mail application to take a photo of their written work.
The app allows the student to simply send the image to the study group. The captured image and message is then sent straight to the group-study team mentor - no email address needed!
Math2U and Receiving Messages
Math2U is a streamlined e-mail reader that reads only messages from the electricbook domain. Once a person receives an e-mail from a team mentor, he opens the message which links to the image view of the message that displays the eBlink added by the mentor. The student can then add their own eBlink in response.
And Android Users?
Android users can do all the same operations, but the process is a bit more manual. Just use the phone or tablet's camera to take a photo and e-mail it to the mentor's e-mail address.
What Does the Mentor See?
Mentors use a panel in a dedicated desktop view to read e-mail messages. If the question involves an image from their 'school-work in progress' the mentor detaches the image and annotates with their own eBlink as part of their response to a question.
From there, the process is the same as for any other eBlink - open the panel to view the eBlink URL, copy the URL onto the clipboard, and paste it into their e-mail response.