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