Apps For Your Students: “BYOD”

Apps For Your Students: “BYOD”

If your students are bringing their own devices to school this year you may be thinking about some apps for them to be using. There are lots of math apps and games out there, but many of the apps may not be the best for teaching good math practices. Many apps have students do lots of calculations and encourage those calculations to be done with speed. Instead of those apps, I want to show you some math apps that will help your students visually and conceptually.

To start with here are two virtual manipulative apps. They will help students to conceptualize math concepts, and give students some of the manipulatives they need to support what they are doing with abstract algorithms. Better yet, they are both free.

photo-4 copyBase Ten Blocks Math is an app that helps students understand Base 10 with a virtual manipulative.

photo-4Matholia iMath Tools has many manipulatives for students to use. I really like that there is a different version for each grade level K-5.

Now here are two math games that I learned about from Youcubed.

Motion MathMotion Math has several mini-games that explore number sense, fractions and other mathematical concepts through visual representations; you can really see the math ideas!

Dragon Box AlgebraDragon Box teaches you algebra through visuals. You solve for x and have fun doing it. It really encourages algebraic thinking.

These apps let you do math while exploring a 3-D virtual world, filled with number creatures and mathematical machines. They also help the development of number sense conceptually. Hope these apps give you some ideas. Be ready for BYOD. Let me know what apps you have discovered and which ones you will have your students using. :-)

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Debbie Investigates Math and Science Education News

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Debbie Investigates Math and Science Education News

Debbie Investigates Math and Science Education News

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“BYOD” = Bring Your Own Device: Will Students be Bringing Theirs This Fall?

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Each week Debbie Osborne scours the web for the best math and science educational news and opportunities for teachers. Science Friday with Ira Flatow @SciFri “As you prepare for the 4th of July, a salute to one of the founding fathers of our country” – “Why Benjamin Franklin was America’s Greatest Scientist” Credit: Library ofContinue Reading