6 Apps That Teach Math Concepts

For young learners, there are a plethora of apps out there to help learn how to count, and for older learners, often times a graphing calculator or scientific calculator app will do the trick. But what about all of those students in between?

You know, the ones who already know how to count, but have to learn a multitude of math concepts that most of their parents have long forgotten? We’re taking a look at 6 apps that are easy to use and teach more than just counting.

Geometry

Pattern Blocks

This app allows you to create virtual geometrical shapes using a grid. Different colors represent different shapes, and the tool reinforces the concept of fractions along with geometrical shapes.

Fractions

Fractions by Tap to Learn

This app uses everyday items (like a pizza or an apple) to demonstrate and quiz users on fractions. We think it’s great because it is simple to use, practical (because we don’t think you’re going to eat that whole pizza yourself!) and adaptive, so it continues to challenge you as you learn.

Order of Operations

Name That Number

Name That Number is a game based learning tool where players use five number tiles to build number sentences that equal a target number. Players can name the target number by adding, subtracting, multiplying, and/or dividing the numbers using as many tiles as possible. It offers visual and audio guidance as you go.

Estimation

iEstimation

For students who are learning estimation, this app is basically a calculator that you plug your problem into, but it doesn’t give you an answer until you’ve made your estimate. A bar shows you if your estimate is within a reasonable range. This app is really basic, and easy to use.

Graphing, Mean/Median/Mode

Graphs by Tap to Learn

A free guide for students new to line graphs, bar graphs, and pie charts. The app gives an easy to understand explanation of each type of chart along with several examples and tutorials for each kind. Also introduces the concepts of mean, median, mode, and trend lines. A good guide for students brand new to these concepts, and a good reference or review for those who have forgotten!

Multiplication

Ghostblasters

Ghostblasters is a game that enables users to learn (and use) multiplication tables by calculating numbers to zap ghosts! You can choose your factor (ex.5) and will have to select the right ghosts that are multiples of that factor. An easy and fun way to get kids to learn their times tables.

4 Comments

  1. Robin

    November 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Math Workout is not only a great app for individual student use, we have also used it as whole group practice. Students love it and play it at home to get better!

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    November 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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  3. Andy

    November 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I´d like to recommend tha app iCount iT 2 which is probably the most comprehensive app for children age 4-7. It contains over 3000 exercises for adding and subtracting, practicing shapes, color, left and right in 23 different categories. A real voice reads out most of the exercises. It allows for several Users and their results are stored in a results database. This only keeps track of correct and incorrect answers since it is more important to see if there is a development than to actually analyze skills at this age.
    Our company, Softogram, is Sweden´s largest producer of educational software and have been producing applications for school since 1986. Our web site is currently not in English but if you want further information you can email us thru our website http://www.softogram.se
    Kindly,
    Andy

  4. Sundev Pabla

    December 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    For anyone out there looking for an app to improve mental maths skills then check out my free Android App. It can be found by searching Google Play for ‘Sundev Pabla’. It is free to download – so go and check it out. If you are interested in learning how to create your own apps then also take a look at my blog – sundev-pabla.blogspot.com