Monday, June 1, 2015

Digital Math Resources - iPad Apps

This post includes some of my favorite *free* apps for math learners.  I am not a fan of in-app purchases for children, so those were avoided if at all possible.  

The apps I have included can be used by learners to explore and educators to model concepts from counting to graphing. I encourage you to explore a few new apps and let me know if you have a new favorite.  Enjoy!

Apps for Young Learners

Counting Board is a colorful hundreds chart for kids to use to learn the basics of numbers.

Learn to tell time in 18 levels. Once you master the basics, the game will automatically advance to the next level.

Apps from The Math Learning Center

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

Students use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines. As they work with the shapes students explore geometric relationships, think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes. Many of these explorations lead naturally to thinking about fractions as parts of a whole.

Math Vocabulary Cards help students deepen their conceptual understanding of key terms in mathematics. Each card features three sections: a math term, a representative example or model, and a concise definition. Each section can be hidden or revealed providing multiple options for practice. Vocabulary cards can be selected individually or by category and switched seamlessly between English and Spanish.

Number Pieces Basic helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students can use the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, count, regroup, add, and subtract. The drawing tools allow students to label representations and show their understanding.

Apps from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 

Challenge Okta or a friend in a duel! Collect cards with the specified sum, and you win. But you better do it before your opponent does!   Choose the number of cards and type of numbers. Can you figure out a way to guarantee your win? We hope so! 
Practice your strategy by playing against Okta. We hear she’s great competition. Okta learns as you do. She gets smarter each time you beat her! 

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.
This app was developed by Illuminations, a project of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is also available as an online activity along with many other free math resources for teachers and students at

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?
This app was developed for children in grades preK–5 by Illuminations. It is also available as an online activity along with many other free math resources for children at

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?
This app was developed by Illuminations. It is also available as an online interactive along with accompanying lesson plans and guides. Visit to access these and more!

Graphing Calculator by Desmos

Explore math with Desmos! Plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate your graphs, and more -- all for free. 

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