For those Math Teachers out there that want a simple tool for creating sets of math problems for their students, our friends at Microsoft Education Labs may have the answer for you. They’ve created the new Math Worksheet Generator. In their words:
“Do you spend a lot of time searching for worksheets with practice problems to give your students? Now you can easily create your own in just a few seconds with the Math Worksheet Generator. This is a tool that generates multiple math problems based on a sample, and then creates a worksheet that you can distribute. By analyzing the math problem you provide, or one of the built-in samples, the generator determines the structure of the expression and provides similar problems. We tack on an answer sheet too.
The Math Worksheet Generator works best with Word 2007. If you have that, then the tool creates a Word document and the expressions are editable. If you have an older version of Word, we still create a document, but the expressions are small images that aren’t editable. (This is because Word 2007 and higher has more built-in support for inserting Math equations.) If you don’t have Word at all, the tool will create HTML versions of the worksheet and answer sheet. If you have a Mac, we didn’t forget you, so stay tuned – we’re working on a web version that should come out later this year.
The tool supports everything from basic arithmetic through algebra. We tried to get the most useful question types supported, and we’d love to hear from you about what we got right and what we need to work on. It’s built on top of the foundation from Microsoft Math, so we had a lot to start with. Use the Discussion forums or the Feedback link below to let us know what you think.”