3 Free Apps that You Can Use in Your Classroom Today: Math

Common Core State Standards: 
Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
Reason Abstractly
Model with Mathematics
Instructional Strategies: 
Visual Representations
Understanding Problems

Apps and animations can be a great way to teach math, because you provide students with a visual representation of a concept that they can see, hear, and in some cases, touch and manipulate.

  • Pearl Diver HD (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) – Learn the number line while diving for pearls amidst shipwrecks and sunken ruins. Address NCTM standards including: understanding numbers, ways of representing numbers and number systems; understanding and representing commonly used fractions; understanding fractions as part of unit wholes and as locations on number lines; and comparing and ordering fractions.
  • Virtual Manipulatives! (iPad) – Virtual fraction bars and tiles.

Our last app this month is a cool graphing tool, that makes use of touch interface to help kids better understand linear relationships. 

  • Slope Slider(iPad and iPhone) – increase student understanding of linear relationships by allowing students to manipulate graphs and lines to reflect changes in equations.

Have you been using math apps in your lessons? Share your experiences in the comments! 

Acknowledgment: Special thanks to Rebecca Flynn for helping to prepare this blog post.

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