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MATH ON YOUR cell­phone?

It might typ­i­cally be lim­ited to on­line bank­ing or adding up the dam­age of your gro­cery bill, but a Hamil­ton-based startup has de­vel­oped a tool de­signed to help boost kids’ nu­mer­acy skills and im­prove EQAO re­sults on smart­phones, tablets, desk­tops or SmartBoards.

The idea stemmed from what Mirella Tehrani, a high school math teacher, was see­ing in the class­room when it came to stu­dents’ com­fort level around math­e­mat­ics and ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy in to­day’s en­vi­ron­ment.

Called EQAO Quizzer, the on­line tool of­fers stu­dents a way to boost their con­fi­dence when it comes to their math skills as they pre­pare for pro­vin­cial test­ing in grades 3, 6 and 9.

“As a par­ent, you want your child to do well,” said co-founder Cyrus Tehrani. “Math can some­times be a source of anx­i­ety.”

Launched in Jan­uary 2016 by the hus­band-wife team, the tool is avail­able for pur­chase by teach­ers, schools or boards and gives kids a chance to en­hance their skills re­motely, which could mean at home or on the way to hockey.

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