Math Specific Tools

If you are teaching algebraic concepts, you and your students NEED Desmos. It's free, mobile, interactive and dynamic. There's also an Ipad app. It's like taking an upgraded version of my $150 graphing calculator anywhere...FREE!

  • Create from a table, choose style
  • Insert an image & overlay equations (perfect for exploring dilations)
  • Graph pretty much anything!

Check out Desmos classroom for pre-created activities by topic to engage an entire class. Des-Man is one of my all-time favorites!! (tablet/pc/mac/chromebook)

Des-Man + An App like Photospeak = Talking Des-Man

This is a video created by Cathy Yenca (@mathycathy) and her son! If you can make your des-man talk...why not?? Genius!!

[Also, check out her blog post below all about Desmos Classroom]

You'll need a tablet (with free downloaded app) or a computer for this one! Geogebra is dynamic geometry software that is flexible enough to work for certain lessons in elementary/middle school too.

(Grid paper + polygon tool is a great way for kids to visualize multiplication. Remove the algebra pane, coordinate grid and add gridlines)

Draw on screen. Create sketches, measure and save images. Use mobile apps or web based platform.

Dan Meyer Greatness!

Kids view images or video and generate their own questions based on what they see. Awesome for getting kids accustomed to asking questions as well as recognizing math in a real life context.

15 second math videos can be viewed on any device. Kids watch & then graph what they see. (Printed graph paper & a pencil works wonders!)

Formative Assessment Tools

Assessment tools are a great "start" for teachers. I'm listing a few of my favorites below. All you need is ONE.

** Remember: Formative assessments are not about "getting a grade". This is a great way to inform students and teachers of where they are in the learning. In my class, formative assessments were a critical component in our class.

A few Kahoot! Tips for Math...

  • Create more precise math questions (equations, figures, drawings) using ppt or google slides. Save each slide as an image and upload individual images into Kahoot as your question.
  • Don't go it alone! Partner with other teachers and share question banks!

Use thatquiz for quick practice/assessments which provide immediate feedback. You can also create and share your own.

Using the "infuse draw" feature, students can respond by writing on the screen. I love this as an exit ticket. Present a problem or reflection and have kids submit. You can save each digital image as each student's is saved on a separate page. I would totally give video feedback by recording a personalized video for each student in Educreations or even movenote.

Use socrative to give "quick answer" questions. Create assessments that can be shared. You can even run your quizzes as a space race game which students can play individually or as a group.

As an educator or student, you can create a free account with Typeform! I love this one because of its device flexibility and logic tool where questions can be created that lead to other questions based on student response.

Create standards aligned quizzes directly through edmodo. Collect data over time and evaluate growth. TEKS (Texas) and common core aligned.

Interactive Instruction

Build lessons and include anything from media to quizzes and even "drawing pads" for embedded feedback. When students join your lesson, your screen is shared to their screens. What I love is that after collecting feedback, you can share any student feedback screen to the group & "pass the mic" for students to share with the entire class.

Plan and deliver lessons from the cloud. Students join your class via class code. Send multiple types of assessments to students and collect instant feedback.

(technically NOT BYOT...Unless kids bring laptops or Chromebooks)

Build lessons from Google drive or on screen. Collect real time data. Embed interactive questions like "draggable" which I LOVE. Adjust instruction based on student feedback on the fly as needed! (not a free service but it is a GREAT one!)


81dash was created by an educator for education. It's a "back-channeling" platform but includes features that lend themselves to more than that. Kids can post thoughts, ask questions, share images and even piece together their own notes. As a teacher, you can choose when the environment is available for students as well as moderate responses.

Create a collaborative board. Share the URL (I do this with a QR code) Students add their own ideas, questions, images, video, reflections...etc.

It's what THIS poster is built from. Check out the comment stream below! Create a lesson/unit board and have kids add to it.

(Also, TACKK is a great way for kids to digitally create the posters that are normally "tacked" to the wall. See other creative ideas below!)

Google Docs/Slides/Spreadsheets/Draw

Certain limitations exist depending on device, but if the BYOT platform is a tablet or computer...collaborative planning, note-taking, research, question creation and problem solving are just a few taps/clicks away! Check out the gmath add-on below for Google Docs.

Notes, Research & Other Tools

Add text, video, audio and pretty much anything that links online to an image. I used this tool for students to add extensions to their Desmos created graphs.

Whether you're working mobile or device, use evernote to capture video, audio, images and text. Connect to to blog!

Skitch is an app on pretty much any device. Use it to capture images, add markups and notes. Save to your device, share or save to evernote.

We know that Worlfram Alpha is the "web way" of solving problems but it also gives access to facts and data. We used this to evaluate real data based on our community. Try typing in your city name or even school.

Research anything and get an interactive concept map. As you drill down topic, the concept map adapts with you. Access videos, images, websites etc.

Create! Create! Create!

Kids can create in math! From creating slide shows to posters and even videos, adding creativity to your classroom is an excellent way for kids to not only talk mathematically but bring ideas together!

Keep in mind that tools like Desmos and Geogebra can also be used for Math creativity! With Geogebra, students can even build their own applets!

The Best $2.99 You'll Spend for an App!

If I had to name a favorite, it would be Explain Everything. You and your students can record, annotate over and talk about ANYTHING...videos, images, documents, whiteboard screen!

There are a gazillion whiteboarding apps out there! Use them to have students "think out loud" and share how they approach a problem. Educreations is an ios app and a web based platform.

Upload images and docs. Record a quick video talking about it. For devices, there is a free app. For computers, use the web. Connect with your google drive.

Seriously, if the device has a camera...Point, Shoot and Share!

Illustrate what kids are reading in a textbook and film the act itself. Dan Meyer is notorious for this! Or you could have kids make up random problems and record it.

Instantly capture mobile video and share it FREE. Share via any service, messaging or even email with one click. Free on both Ios and Android.

Explain it in 15 seconds or do it in 6. Create a class hashtag and share via social sharing. This is more appropriate for kids over 13 with parent permission.

Check out Nat Banting's Amazing Vine below on measuring Pi!

Other Math TACKK Boards