What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that OmniCalc is like having many calculators in one app, which may be useful to older students but confusing to younger ones. There are 10 different keyboard layouts, 19 color schemes, and three button styles, as well as many advanced functions. OmniCalc can be used to calculate problems that contain dates of the year, statistics, trigonometry, and more. Similar to spreadsheet programs, users can change one entry and it will adjust all corresponding work. For teens in advanced math classes who need a powerful calculator, OmniCalc may be the calculator for their mobile device.
What kids can learn
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
OMNICALC opens to a screen displaying a full scientific calculator, but you can choose from 10 different keyboard layouts, 19 color schemes, and three button styles. Then it operates just like a freestanding calculator, but with more features. There's a thorough help section that explains each function, including using the calculator with dates, parenthetical expressions, and trigonometric functions.
Is it any good?
If your kid just needs a basic calculator, there are lots of free options that will do the job. Since teens in many advanced math classes need much more powerful calculators than a basic version, OmniCalc may be a very affordable scientific calculator option for use on their mobile device. The numerous color schemes (such as "DJ Yellow" or other colors inspired by various TI calculators) and other options like button shape are fun customiziations, but the scientific calculator and spreadsheet-like adjusting features are what make this app worth paying for. The Help section is essential to getting the full use of the calculator's features. OmniCalc is a powerful tool for high schoolers' advanced math needs.
Families can talk about...
Discuss with your kid's teacher if OmniCalc would be a suitable substitution for a stand-alone scientific calculator.
Make sure your kid understands how to use the tool. Encourage her to review the help sections outlining how to enter formulas and functions.