Last year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released an iPad app for eighth-grade algebra, and conducted a study with 1,000 California students examining how those using the app perform compared to those who don’t. That study should be released next month, but early signs are pointing to favorable results.
Until that bigger study is released, another smaller one released today might provide some fodder for iPad enthusiasts. The app Motion Math, which teaches players about fractions, commissioned an independent study with 122 fifth-graders and came up with some encouraging results. According to the report, released by GameDesk, showed that fifth graders’ fractions test scores improved an average of over 15% after playing Motion Math for 20 minutes daily over a five-day period, a significant increase compared to a control group.