Math apps that help improve math understanding and skills (K-12)

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There are numerous cool math apps out there that can help improve math skills, understanding of math concepts and ensure that a student actually enjoys doing math.

Math apps for kids range from games to graphing software to math apps that solve problems.

Some educational apps are not specifically math apps, however, can be used in a math class or at home as additional learning-enhancing tools. 

In this blog post we will share some of the best math apps (and apps that can be used when learning math in general) based on our own experience. In addition, if you need guidance with figuring them out email us at contact@intomath.org for help with math apps.

K – 5 Math Apps

  1. The Monster Math 

It’s a Maths Program for Kindergarten to Grade 5 Students, aimed to ensure that students develop the fundamental skills of Maths.

The program uses a combination of award winning apps (Google Play Best of 2016) and Playbooks to teach and help students practice the essential building blocks of Maths.

With Monster Math, your Child will become extremely good at Number Sense, and develop required flexibility with Numbers.

Monster Math is being used by more than 3 million users worldwide.

  1. SplashMath

SplashLearn Program is easy to set up. You can get your child started on their math journey within minutes. 

Proprietary Adaptive algorithm creates a dynamic learning path individualized for your child.

SplashLearn can be used on the go with our iPad, iPhone & iPod apps. No internet connection is required.

  1. The Math Tree

Actively tapping and moving items to and from the tree is an engaging way to assist a child’s progress from basic counting to simple addition and subtraction using numbers from zero to ten. Don’t worry if your child is not sure of the answer – they can tap to count the items remaining in the tree, and mirror the activity by counting on their fingers. As the task is completed, the numerical equation is highlighted piece by piece, demonstrating the relationship between the parts.

  1.  Moose Math

Moose Math engages kids in a mathematical adventure and teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more. While playing 5 multi-level activities in the Moose Juice Store, Puck’s Pet Shop and Lost & Found, kids can earn rewards to help build their own city and decorate buildings. Moose Math introduces a new whimsical group of Duck Duck Moose characters, The Dust Funnies, who help with mastering math skills.

  1. BuzzMath

Students engage in a historical adventure where they collect stars and badges to unlock missions to help Alfred rebuild Mathlantis. Interactive activities and engaging missions. Stars and Badges to collect. A unique storyline mode. Automated corrections and detailed solutions.

6 – 8 Math Apps

  1. Geometry Pad

With Geometry Pad you can create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties, and calculate metrics. The shapes are displayed on a scrollable and zoomable workbook with a rectangular coordinate system. Each shape has a set of customizable properties such as color, width, background, etc. Shape metrics are automatically calculated and presented along with shape properties. Some of them are editable such as point location, line length, circle radius, etc.

  1. Prodigy Game

Students explore the Prodigy Math Game world, where they answer math questions to complete epic quests and earn in-game rewards. Parents/educators can monitor student progress, align in-game questions and motivate math learning with powerful tools.

  1. Brainscape Flashcards

Cognitive science shows that spacing repetitions within the optimal time intervals has actually been shown to be the most important factor in your ability to retain knowledge. Brainscape is a web and mobile study application designed to improve the retention of declarative knowledge. It complements the well-known benefits of spaced repetition with additional features that improve learner motivation, reduce the burden of planning study sessions, and deepen the level of cognitive processing involved in each exposure.

  1. Doodle Maths

DoodleMaths app builds the maths confidence of your 4-14 year old with a personalised and responsive programme tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. “Back in 2011, we realised the potential in using technology to teach. We decided to develop an app that could create personalised learning programmes tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of individual children, designed to enhance, rather than replace, teaching in the classroom.” – app creators.

  1. Rocket Math

Rocket Math believes all students can learn math.  And it doesn’t need to be hard. Scientifically designed for success, this game offers a way to teach kids math so that they can enjoy it, do it well, and do it quickly. Children can login and play from any device, anywhere, any time of day!  They cannot help but learn their math facts from playing this game. 

9 – 12 Math Apps

  1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content. We focus on skill mastery to help learners establish strong foundations, so there’s no limit to what they can learn next.

  1. Photomath

Photomath is the #1 app to learn math, to take the frustration out of math and to bring more peace to your daily student life.

Whether you are a mathlete or math challenged, Photomath will help you interpret problems with comprehensive math content from arithmetic to calculus to drive learning and understanding of fundamental math concepts.

  1. CK-12

CK-12 has free resources for students, parents, teachers, schools, and districts. There are numerous games and apps for a variety of topics and concepts. These apps help students improve and enrich their understanding of some of the most complex concepts in mathematics.

  1. Symbolab Solver

Symbolab is a great platform that includes several math apps, from equation solver with a step-by-step explanation to a graphing software to tutorials on various concepts. Symbolab offers support on the advanced high school math. It also includes a geometry calculator.

  1. Desmos

Our free suite of math software tools, including the renowned Desmos Graphing Calculator and Scientific Calculator, are used annually by over 40 million teachers and students around the world. The app allows for creation of personalized activities and projects.

Students can use math apps as primary or supplementary tools to learn and practice math. Math apps for kindergarten help kids develop numeracy skills while math apps for middle school students give an opportunity to expand on the previously studied concepts. Math apps for high school help improve understanding of some of the more complex topics, visualize them, check and see complete solutions, as well as introduce more real world applications to math learning.

A balanced combination of math lessons, meaningful practice and interactive math activities is a recipe for success.

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