By Teachers, For Teachers
With ever-changing technology in the classroom and more than 375,000 apps to choose from, how will you ever know which apps are the best on the market? Through a lot of research and testing, I have compiled a list of the top 5 math apps to use in your elementary classroom.
Splash Math is a series of iPhone/iPad applications that provides a comprehensive set of math exercises for students in grades K-5. Each app in the series is designed to improve math skills with fun games that keep children engaged. Features include weekly progress reports, questions aligned with the common core standards, as well as the ability to improve math scores and promote independent learning. This series is useful educational tool that is the ideal choice for elementary classrooms everywhere.
Studypad, creator of the popular Splash Math series, has does it again. They have released a new interactive math application that teaches elementary students all about money -- from identify coins and dollars to making change. This interactive money app is divided into eight lessons/games: Identifying coins, calculating the value of coins, counting coins, learning about quarters and half dollars, adding and subtracting money, making change, making amounts, and learning about money in dollars. One of the best features of this fabulous app is the ability for students to make change in real life scenarios, such as going to the grocery store. Another great feature is that teachers and parents can receive weekly reports on the progress of their children. All in all, this is one of the best math applications for elementary students that is on the market today.
3.MathBoard - PalaSoftware Inc. $4.99
The Mathboard application encourages students of all ages to solve math problems beyond just guessing the answers. Students in kindergarten can learn simple addition and subtraction by configuring the application to match the abilities of each individual student. Older students can work problems out by hand in the scratchboard section and learn the steps they to take in order to solve specific problems. New features include a memory match game, find the sign, and equal and inequality. The difficulty varies in each game based upon the students' knowledge of the concept. Overall this is a great app and worth the $4.99 price tag.
With more than 150,000 downloads, this app is sure to please any elementary student. Here is an overview: This app was designed to make it easy for children to navigate and learn their basic four operations of math: Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. What is so great about this app is it's simple and flexible. It allows children to practice their math facts with the flexibility to choose the numbers they want to be tested on. The core concept is for students to practice math facts in the flashcard method. One of the great features about this app is the challenge mode. This mode allows students to see what they have learned in the flashcard method by typing in the answer. This flashcard app will not disappoint.
5.Mathmateer™ - Dan Russell-Pinson $0.99
This award-winning math app that has been featured in the New York Times is one of the top 10 best apps for elementary students so says Appolicious. Mathmateer formally known as Rocket Math has 56 different math missions for students to complete. Its features include 90 rocket parts, three difficulty levels, 15 space-themed avatars, rocket simulator, and up to five player profiles. Besides the hours of fun your students will have, Mathmateer gives children the ability to earn a bronze, silver or gold medal. This option is a great way to encourage, and motivate children. With so many different math skills available, it is definitely worth the price.
What are your favorite elementary math apps and other uses of technology in the classroom? Please share your favorites in the comment section below.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who draws on her 15 years of professional experience in the education system. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Guide to Elementary Education for About.com, where she provides educational information and lesson plans for teachers across the United States.