"Around this time last year, I wrote a post about the lack of engaging Maths apps on the iPad that went beyond “skill and drill” number activities. Since then, developers have introduced a greater range of apps across all areas of the Maths curriculum that can be used to enhance the Maths teaching and learning in your classroom. Here’s a selection of 20 apps that cover Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability ( these are the Content strands (CS) Australia’s Mathematics curriculum has been categorized under ). They also cover the proficiency strands (PS) of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. I’m sure other countries’ curricula are similar in many regards and you will be able to make the connections"
Number Pieces, a new elementary education math app released from The Math Learning Center (MLC) and Clarity Innovations helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computational skills with multi-digit numbers. Young learners manipulate virtual base 10 pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Number Pieces also gives them a drawing tool to label representations and show their understanding.
If angles and planes confuse you or you have trouble finding volume and area, there’s an app for you. These top 8 apps for geometry provide interactive representations of geometrical concepts and activities to help geometry students build their skills. They’re ideal for students needing homework help and teachers who want to spice up instruction in the geometry classroom.
World-leading education resource Mathletics has been launched on the iPad. The free app Mathletics Student is the company’s long-awaited move into the tablet-based educational arena and a sister app for Android tablets is due for release shortly.
"I recently stumbled across a great group of math apps for the iPad and iPhone from Motion Math. Many of their apps feature free versions with the option to pay for additional levels. The app that got me hooked was Hungry Fish. It's incredibly engaging addictive practice for composing and decomposing numbers. The fish wants to eat a target number. The player feeds the fish by combining bubbles containing numbers that make that sum."
Imagine an app that holds children’s attention for close to an hour, lets them navigate an asteroid field, shoot rocks in the desert, and that actually teaches them math skills, too. Kids may not know they’re learning while they’re playing, but this math app is now a new reality as the world’s first appisode The Digits has launched on the Itunes store.
Functns, designed by Pixelcrunchr, offers fun and exciting gameplay that helps young minds learn, practice and master multiplication tables. The app features progress tracking, a linear progression option that enhances pattern recognition skills, and shuffle/random options that aid in memory retention.
Ask a student what the capital of Burkina Faso is and most will give you a blank stare. Most would be lucky to even tell you the continent the country is a part of. With these 8 must-have apps for geography, not only will students learn the capital of Burkina Faso (it’s Ouagadougou by the way), but they will learn a lot of geographical facts, as well as information that will help them navigate and better understand the world.
Apps offer a unique way to help elementary students practice math skills. By turning math into a game or combining it with technology, even your struggling students will enjoy building their math skills using a smartphone or tablet.