Filling Gaps with Math Apps

We all know that math can be a difficult subject for students of all ages, from the early elementary grades to high school.  In fact, Algebra 1 is the most failed class in America!  Luckily, there are a growing number of easy-to-use math apps for the iPad and other mobile devices that make learning math easier than ever.  Technology enables students to understand concepts in more visual, demonstrative ways than a textbook can convey.  When math problems are turned into games, kids have a fun learning experience that distracts them from the fact that they are learning complex problems.  Take a look at these great math apps to get the job done.

Math Apps For Elementary-Schoolers

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Coin Math: Now with voice cues for younger learners, this app teaches children how to count money, give change, and pay for items.  Great for reinforcing the curriculum and teaching about financial literacy.


Math Ninja HD: In this zany game, answer math problems to defend your tree house against a voracious tomato and his robotic army using ninja magic, smoke bombs, or ninja stars.


Number Run: Developed by graduate students from Stanford and USC, this game featuring 52 levels across addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is aligned to the Common Core state standards.


Squeebles Fractions Help the Squeebles win back their cake ingredients from the Maths Monster by responding to various fraction problems.  When you have enough ingredients, you make a cake and enter it into a contest!


Math Apps For Middle-Schoolers


Oh No Fractions!: Swipe right or left to say if the fraction on the left is greater than, less than, or equal to the one on the right.  This includes a feature that allows you to check a visual representation before submitting your response.


Algebra Touch: Drag to rearrange, tap to simplify, and draw lines to eliminate identical terms.  You can either use pre-made lessons or create your own sets of problems.


iTooch 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Math: This is the largest collection of educational activities available that was planned backwards from the Common Core standards.


Geometry Combat: A two-player game, players switch back and forth to see who can calculate the area of geometric shapes with the fastest time and best accuracy.


Math Apps For High-Schoolers

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SAT Math: This application has 1450+ questions and six practice quizzes and gives feedback on responses, allowing students to learn from incorrect answers.


Wolfram Calculus Course Assistant:  This application solves specific calculus problems using step-by-step guidance.  It includes all levels of high school calculus.