Elementary Mathematics

iPads in the Classroom



iPad App Ratings
Keep in mind, some of these ratings may be altered by one or more of the 8 categories they've been rated on. Rate apps with your PLCs and make decisions together about which apps to use in your classrooms. If you rate any of the existing apps that have already been rated (especially if you disagree) or any new ones, feel free to send the ratings and notes to erik.hoover@cms.k12.nc.us and they will be posted periodically. App Ratings -Check out ratings for the apps listed.* 
CC Rubric for rating apps from Jill Thompson
App rating recording sheet -Rate your own apps!!!! Work together with your PLC to explore and have conversations about apps to use during your math block. This includes talking about CCSS, SMPs, questions to ask, correlation to Investigations, etc. for each app you look at and rate.
*These apps were rated by math facilitators during our December '13 workshop.







Screenshot of Thinking Blocks App


Explore some of the most powerful math apps in education!
The following are apps of the month, from '12-'13 Math Facilitator meetings, as well as some other general apps all K- 5 teachers and/or students can use.
Scroll down to access grade level specific apps.

*You can also access the web-based version of many of these apps.
ShowMe! 
ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s a radically intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background.
Scribble Press
Scribble Press for iPad is a book creation platform that allows kids to imagine, create and share their own stories with great drawing and writing tools.  Scribble Press for iPad makes it easy to create an ebook – either write your own or use one of over 50 story templates.
I Tunes U
Take complete courses from universities and other schools — and access the world’s largest online catalog of free education content — right on your iPad.
Edmodo makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. Use your iOS device to send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom.
Motion Math: Wings
Practice mental multiplying and estimation with Motion Math: Wings! This fun math game helps children ages 4 and up develop a conceptual understanding using six different visual forms. It's simple to play – you just tilt your bird to the bigger number.
IBooks
iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
Adobe Reader
This app allows you to have PDF files and write on them. Scholars can download the PDFs from a wiki. They can then answer questions and mark on it themselves. You can take screenshots of these PDFs and save them as pictures, by holding down both the "Home" and "Sleep/Wake" (on/off) buttons of your IPad.
Math Concentration
By yourself or against a friend, match whole numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts to equivalent representations. Practice with the clear panes or step up the challenge with the windows closed. How many socks can you win?
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...
For more information on math apps for the classroom, visit Jill Thompson's page.






















Screenshot of Motion Math: Wings







Screenshot of Math Concentration


Apps by Grade Level
Kindergarten

10 Frame Fill provides children practice with recognizing additive "10 Families" (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer.

Candy Count
Each session is timed so that you can track progress. Students sort and count candy.

Screenshot of Candy Count
 
3rd Grade

In Number Line, you are presented with numerous bubbles of percents, decimal numbers and fractions, in which you need to drag and drop them onto the number line along the bottom and place them all in the correct order.

MathTappers: Fraction Estimation is designed to help learners to build their intuitive understanding of fractions by helping them to relate fractions (both symbols and pictures) to the nearest half (e.g., 0, ½ 1, 1½, 2, etc.) and then to extend their understanding by challenging them to use fraction estimates in addition and subtraction problems.

Deep Sea Duel
Okta challenges you to a duel! Collect cards with a specified sum, and you win! But you better do it before Okta does! Choose how many cards (9 or 16), what types of numbers (whole numbers or decimals), and Okta’s level of strategy (easy to hard).

The Virtual Manipulatives! app is a great way to use a virtual set of fraction bars to help your students learn many different fraction concepts.

Check out KenKen, the exciting and addictive logic and math puzzle. Students use many different operations and logic to solve the puzzles, and there are a variety of difficulty levels. The link above is a link to the web-based version of the game, but there is a link to check out the description of the iTunes app as well. 
1st Grade

10 Frame Fill provides children practice with recognizing additive "10 Families" (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer.

Screenshot of 10 Frame Fill

4th Grade

Brainbow Numbers is a whole new puzzle game around numbers. Combine available numbers to reach the target with a 45 second countdown.

Pick-A-Path
Help Okta reach the target (maximum, minimum, or a specific value) by choosing a path from the top of the maze to the bottom. Seven levels with seven puzzles will test your skills with powers of ten, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and more. How many starfish can you earn?

Equivalent Fractions
Create equivalent fractions by dividing and shading squares or circles, and match each fraction to its location on the number line. Check your work, and use the table feature to capture results and look for patterns. Got a particular value for which you’d like to make equivalent fractions? Use “Build Your Own” mode.

The Virtual Manipulatives! app is a great way to use a virtual set of fraction bars to help your students learn many different fraction concepts.

Check out KenKen, the exciting and addictive logic and math puzzle. Students use many different operations and logic to solve the puzzles, and there are a variety of difficulty levels. The link above is a link to the web-based version of the game, but there is a link to check out the description of the iTunes app as well.
2nd Grade

Counting Money has two game play types. In practice mode the user must answer the question correctly in order to proceed to the next question.The user presses the check button after each attempt to check the answer. In quiz mode the user has one opportunity to answer the question correctly.

Motion Math: Hungry Fish, by Motion Math Students gain practice composing and decomposing targeted numbers. 

Deep Sea Duel
Okta challenges you to a duel! Collect cards with a specified sum, and you win! But you better do it before Okta does! Choose how many cards (9 or 16), what types of numbers (whole numbers or decimals), and Okta’s level of strategy (easy to hard).

Screenshot of Deep Sea Duel


5th Grade

Brainbow Numbers is a whole new puzzle game around numbers. Combine available numbers to reach the target with a 45 second countdown.

Pick-A-Path
Help Okta reach the target (maximum, minimum, or a specific value) by choosing a path from the top of the maze to the bottom. Seven levels with seven puzzles will test your skills with powers of ten, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and more. How many starfish can you earn?

Equivalent Fractions
Create equivalent fractions by dividing and shading squares or circles, and match each fraction to its location on the number line. Check your work, and use the table feature to capture results and look for patterns. Got a particular value for which you’d like to make equivalent fractions? Use “Build Your Own” mode.

The Virtual Manipulatives! app is a great way to use a virtual set of fraction bars to help your students learn many different fraction concepts.

Check out KenKen, the exciting and addictive logic and math puzzle. Students use many different operations and logic to solve the puzzles, and there are a variety of difficulty levels. The link above is a link to the web-based version of the game, but there is a link to check out the description of the iTunes app as well.
Math Manipulative Apps

The Geoboard App is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.

The Virtual Manipulatives! app is a great way to use a virtual set of fraction bars to help your students learn many different fraction concepts.



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