So in honor of my mother, who was an amazing math teacher for over 30 years, I decided to focus this post on apps that can be used to build math skills. Each of these have been tested and approved by educators, I some were recommendations from teachers in my district.
CardDroid Math from Whitneyapps are flashcards that are customizable. Choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or mix two. Built-in sets for pre-school and elementary math facts and skills. Allows you to choose from recently used sets to better server groups with different learning needs or styles. Tracks accuracy, speed and problem areas. And the best part there are no ads associated with this app. Only for Android at a cost of $0.99.
Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard, by allowing you to create video tutorials, animated lessons, and comment on photos. Perfect for any subject but specifically good for math to help explain formulas and show how to solve equations. Create a mini lesson to share through email, Facebook or Twitter, or embed into a website or blog. Help your students with homework by working through an example problem. Share the link with students to view before or after class. This is a free app and requires an iOS.
Sushi Monster is sponsored by Scholastic and focuses on meeting the Common Core State Standards that will help increase math fact fluency in the areas of addition and multiplication. With 12 levels of play kids will have no problem being entertained. This is a free app and requires iOS.
Equivalent Fractions a game developed by McGraw Hill offers quick and easy ways to practice and reinforce fraction concepts and relationships. The object is similar to solitaire where players try to match equivalent fractions on cards showing halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, etc. When cards are matched, they disappear and points awarded, with the cards behind coming forward and accessible. The game ends when cards are matched and not more pairs can be made. Players can earn extra points for making two or more matches in a row. Players must clear the board to earn all possible points. Available on iOS and Android for $1.99.
Motion Math: Hungry Guppy easy – drag bubbles together to add them, then feed the dots to your fish. Hungry Guppy encourages learners to develop a strong sense of addition and understand what numbers represent. There’s 15 levels of gameplay for 3-year-olds to 7-year-olds and bonuses to customize your fish with new colors. Requires iOS and is $3.999