We are restructuring our site to be more user-friendly, we want it to be easier for our readers to find what they are looking for. Case in point, we have gotten too large and just today we received an email from a fan who wanted to know the best way to search our site for the "best apps for early literacy instruction (Pk-Grade 2)". Well, we're working on it but in the meantime, we will be posting lists of some of the best apps in different categories. Our top ten classroom MATH apps:
First up - Math:
iDevBooks – Educational Math Apps, by Esa Helttula, are par excellence when it comes to educational tools! This suite of apps is a must-have for any school using mobile devices, as well as for parents who want to encourage mastery of math concepts for their children. This collection of 16 iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad educational math apps are easy to use and offer intuitive interfaces. The iDevBooks math apps are used by schools, parents, and students worldwide. They are also popular in special education.
Jungle Time, Jungle Coins & Jungle Fractions!, by Andrew Short, of Jungle Education - We still need to learn to tell time, utilize money, and understand fractions. These three essential concepts are not easy to teach and harder to learn. Lots of hands on practice is needed and Andrew Short has got the “lots of” covered. All three games offer five levels of challenge, they start with the rudimentary concept and gradually progress over several grade levels. A MUST HAVE!
Motion Math: Hungry Fish, by Motion Math, is another MUST HAVE math game! Mental math is such a key component for success in building a strong foundation in math, and building on this early on helps all other math concepts fall into place with relative ease. Our students were enthralled by this simple, yet brilliant game - and they were polishing up on their number skills with smiles on their faces! Brilliant job Motion Math!
Math Evolve, by InterAction Education and Zephyr Games, has really pushed the envelope. This app introduces a revolutionary "video-like" gaming app for practicing math facts. One of our students called it, "The Call of Duty," of math games. Adam Coccari, teacher and creator of Math Evolve, sums it up best when he says, "Achieving success in all levels of math starts with having a solid foundation, in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division." Mastering these facts takes time and lots of practice, Math Evolve has taken care of all of that in an enormously engaging format.
Operation Math, by Spinlight Studios, is sizzling with excitement! The mission is possible with this new app, which grabs kids attention immediately and keeps them engaged on their quest to do good. The goal here is to help destroy Dr. Odd and practice your basic math facts along the way. In order to open the series of locked doors, you must perform either addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or any combination of operations. You can first train in the infinite Base10 Training Room, where your performance will be tracked. When you are up for the challenge, you choose a mission.
Sums Stacker, by Carstens Studios Inc, is an amazing app. It incorporates critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, all while you’re “playing” with math concepts, with great gaming style! Carstens' says this about math, "It wasn't until after my school years, that I became a lover of math. I managed to slip through all of those classes, textbooks, and homework assignments, without learning one of the most important math lessons of all - math is fun!" This app challenges your reasoning, your number sense, your addition and subtraction facts, and your knowledge of coin values, and oh yes, reading if you so desire.
iTooch MATH Grade 5, by eduPAD, is a terrific app that covers a lot of ground concept-wise and shouldn’t be limited to just fifth graders. This app combines a no-frills approach to content while still providing the user with an exciting learning experience. The mascot is adorable and keeps kids on task with lots of encouragement and there is a lesson summary available when needed. iTooch MATH now has grades three through five available.
Oh No! Fractions, by di Luna, came to our attention, but if a colleague hadn’t said, “It’s tough for kids to grasp fractions”, it may have slipped through the cracks. Luckily, it didn’t and we are here to sing its praises. Oh No! Fractions are as simple as it gets. This gorgeous app lets the user decide whether the given fraction is less or greater than another fraction. After the child has decided and chosen less or greater, it asks ”I’m Sure” and then “Prove It” where a visual representation of the two fractions is shown and manipulated by the child.
TallyTots, by Spinlight Studio, is a simple yet invaluable learning app to teach youngsters number concepts. The intent of the app is to teach your child number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and how to count to 20 – all while having a delightful time. When the app starts, you are taken to a screen that has all 20 numbers. Your child chooses the number they want and the counting begins. Each number is outlined as it is counted up the number line.
KidgitZ, by TapDream Arts, is the second in a series of mental math challenges for kids of all ages. Addictive, it is! Students were so engaged that they never even heard the bell ring... and the next period was lunch and recess! Several students came looking for me and my iPad to continue playing during extra help. Their responses were all similar, with mentions of how hard it was to stop playing this AWESOME game!
There you have it, ten great math games for kids to play. That doesn't mean there aren't others floating around out there. If you have a favorite and we missed it, please let us know.