Math Apps in the Classroom

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Math Apps in the Classroom by Mind Map: Math Apps in the Classroom

1. Practice Apps - reinforcement and repition

1.1. ACT Math Practice Questions

1.1.1. This app comes with over 250 regenerating questions that have been on the ACT in prior years.  This means students can practice countless times and try to master their math skills before taking the 60 minute 60 question math portion of the ACT.  If a student practices with this, their ACT score will increase. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/act-math-practice-questions/id959434092?mt=8

1.2. SAT Math Practice Questions

1.2.1. This app is similar to the ACT math practice questions and is made by the same company.  Both of these apps anaylze your test scores and allow for endless practice on these questions.  The difference between the two is simply the focus on the SAT math questions.  This is a great app for anyone trying to get into college and needs to improve their SAT scores. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sat-math-practice-questions/id957184826?mt=8

1.3. Flashcards+

1.3.1. This is the digital version of the old 4x6 flashcards.  Usually, anything digital attracts students a bit more than paper.  Students can create their own flashcards and then use it to practice.  They can also learn languages and learn pronunciations.  It even connects to the Apple Watch app, so students can study their flash cards anywhere. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashcards+-by-chegg-free/id408490162?mt=8

1.4. Math Academy

1.4.1. The App Tower presents Math Academy: a highly polished app that helps kids practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division at an elementary level. As the student practices math, they are awarded coins for correct answers. Coins are used for unlocking stickers within the sticker collection! Collecting stickers is a fun way to encourage kids to keep practising math! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-academy/id420090880?mt=8

1.5. Quizlet

1.5.1. Master your classes with the leading education app! Create your own flashcards or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users on thousands of subjects. If you're doing standardized test prep for big exams like the SAT or ACT, studying for an upcoming midterm or test, or just need homework help, you can feel confident with these powerful interactive learning tools — inside the classroom or out. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quizlet-study-flashcards-languages-vocab-math/id546473125?mt=8

1.6. Math Fight

1.6.1. Test your math skills in a race against your friends! The screen is split in two thus very convenient for the duel games. This is a concentration game that stirs your brain in a positive way. This free game for kids and adults includes basic mathematical operations – addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-fight-fun-2-player-mathematics-duel-game-for-free/id738947827?mt=8

1.7. Fun Maths

1.7.1. Put your brain to the ultimate test in this simple yet brilliant puzzle game. Most people will fail trying to complete all the levels. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fun-math-brain-training-for-kids-adults/id887333356?mt=8

1.8. Monster Math for kids

1.8.1. This application allows students to practice their math facts and also gives feedback on what the student is struggling on and what they are doing great on. Teacher can also customize skills for math practice. This application makes math fact practice fun for kids. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monster-math-kids-fun-games-for-elementary-grades/id931943412?mt=8

1.9. Mobymax

1.9.1. Students can practice math fact fluency independently. Younger students can work with numbers for practice. This is a great tool to assign practice that is on the students current level. http://www.mobymax.com/

2. Discovery Apps - students use to discover learning

2.1. Desmos

2.1.1. This app is a graphing calculator but also so much more.  While this app does not have games or many tutorials, it is a great way to teach students how to graph.  One way of doing this is by entering in more general equations and allowing students to discover the trends of which parts of the equations affect corresponding parts of the graph.  If a student can take this app and write their name in equations, then they are ready for the next step in graphing.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/desmos-graphing-calculator/id653517540?mt=8

2.2. Digits Discovery

2.2.1. This app can be very interesting to certain students.  It shows math tricks or games that can make people think that you can read their mind.  The point of it is to better your math skills, but students can be creative to come up with their own way of finding the mathematical patterns that lie within this app. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/digits-discovery/id940364091?mt=8

2.3. IXL - Math and English

2.3.1. This app allows students to play around with different math skills and tests their ability to the max.  The app provides feedback to show the students what they need to focus on.  The only down side is that answers must be in 100% correct syntax, so some students get upset when "2" is incorrect but "2.0" is correct.  Email notifications can be sent to parents or teachers.  This is great for practice and discovery. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ixl-math-and-english/id693689912?mt=8

2.4. Stats! Statistics Learning and Decision Tool

2.4.1. The app contains information on the underlying concepts, mechanics and interpretations of the major tools of data analysis. When new (or even old) to statistics, it is often a challenge to determine the best test to run, given the question you want to answer and the data you have. This app offers a step-by-step tool to help you make these decisions! Appropriate for students from AP level statistics through undergraduate and graduate coursework, stats! hopes to make learning stats fun. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stats-statistics-learning-and-decision-tool/id924564602?mt=8

2.5. Sports Player Apps: All Year Stats

2.5.1. This application allows students to keep track of stats in a different way. For students that love sports they can track the statistics of sports through this app. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/sports-player-apps-all-year-stats/id917584472?mt=8

2.6. TI-Nspire CAS

2.6.1. Texas Instruments, the No. 1 recommended brand of graphing calculators in the U.S., has optimized its most powerful Computer Algebra System (CAS) math engine for an all-in-one iPad app that makes teaching and learning math more engaging, meaningful and … fun! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ti-nspire-cas/id545351700?mt=8

3. Lesson Apps - videos or tutorials that give examples of how to operate in math

3.1. Khanacademy

3.1.1. This is a fundamental app for any high school student that needs any help in math.  Sal Khan walks through tons of lessons and problems of different math topics.  He lays out each and every step and shows how to get the answer.  This is a free app and the online website offers even more with games and practice problems. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-you-can-learn/id469863705?mt=8

3.2. Tarver Academy

3.2.1. This app is very comparable to Khanacademy.  There are math video lessons for all kinds of subjects, ranging from Algebra 1 to ACT prep.  This is a great app for students needing some help understanding math.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tarver-academy-math-video/id650604685?mt=8

3.3. Magoosh GRE Prep

3.3.1. This app has plenty of videos and tutorials to help students prepare for their GRE test. There are 30 free lessons and then more in app purchases. It focuses on math but also has verbal and writing practices. This is a great app for students preparing for their GRE. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magoosh-gre-prep-math-verbal/id522118003?mt=8

3.4. WolframAlpha

3.4.1. This tool can be used for students of all age. There are videos and lessons that can help students at all levels. This application can also be used with other subjects as well. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wolfram.android.alpha&hl=en

3.5. YouTube

3.5.1. This tool is usually great for almost any subject. You can look up videos to help instruction so that students get better understanding. https://www.youtube.com/

3.6. Zearn

3.6.1. This tool aligns with Engagy NY math and Eureka Math. It is aligned to new standards. Students can work individually on math lessons for better understanding. https://www.zearn.org/

4. Answer Apps - generate the answer from any math question

4.1. Photomath - Camera Calculator

4.1.1. This app can show students the answer to their math problems just by pointing the camera of their phone to the problem.  It also gives detailed, step by step, instructions on how the answer was achieved.  This is great for checking your answer but should not be used to do a problem for you. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photomath-camera-calculator/id919087726?mt=8

4.2. Mathway - Math Problem Solver

4.2.1. Students can use their phone to solve problems for them using this app.  This app shows students how to solve any problem from Algebra 1 to Calculus with detailed explanations.  As I always recommend to my students, use this app sparing or only to check your answer, but never to do your homework for you.  This app can even graph. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mathway-math-problem-solver/id467329677?mt=8

4.3. Chegg

4.3.1. Students can now take a photo of the math problem that they are having trouble with and this app will not only give the answer, but show the steps on how to get there as well.  This is not an app to use for every problem but a good way to guide students when they are stuck.  They also offer textbook rental so that students don't spend nearly as much money on textbooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chegg-textbook-rental-homework/id385758163?mt=8

5. Content Apps - teach students specific concepts, like adding/subtracting

5.1. K5 Splash Math

5.1.1. This tool allows for personalized learning for catching up, enrichment, and regular practice. There are interactive games and rewards that motivate students to learn and improve their scores. For teachers, there is a progress dashboard to track your students. https://www.splashmath.com/

5.2. iMathematics

5.2.1. iMathematics is your personal math tutor. It is used by thousands of students every day, and it’s the only app about math which includes everything you need to successfully pass your exams. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imathematics-math-helper-and-solver/id337535181?mt=8

5.3. Quick Math

5.3.1. Quick Math is perfect for students in grades 3 to 6, or for anyone wanting to improve their general math skills. With multiple difficulty levels and a focus on self-improvement, Quick Math provides increasing challenges as your skills develop. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-math-multiplication-table-arithmetic-game/id537802071?mt=8

5.4. iTooch Elementary

5.4.1. With more than 25,000 exercises, iTooch Elementary is a new and fun way of practicing and learning Math, Language Arts and Science for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Graders. http://edupad.com