K-12 Mobile Learning

Module 9: Part A- 5 Apps Useful for teaching Mathematics

My Math Flash Cards

What is this?

My Math Flash Cards is available for free on iPhone and android. It randomly gives students different equations for multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Even better students can focus in on particular facts. For instance multiplication by 7's.

How can this be used?

Students can practice and master basic math skills anytime and anyplace. This way any particular skill they are struggling with this app gives them an opportunity to spend some extra time working on it.

MScript Calculator- Handwriting calculator !

What is this?

MyScript Calculator is a free app for iPhone that allows students to write the problem in their own handwriting and it converts it into digital text.

How can this be used?

A great use for this app would be for students to check over their homework assignments. However, there is still always the concern that they'll just use the app to get the answer without trying.

Free Graphing Calculator

What is this?

This free app available on iPhone has tons of features including scientific calculator, graphing capabilities, unit converter, constants for scientific calculations, can make a table of the values of any function, help screens, has important formulas saved, and statistic capabilities.

How can this be used?

In high school, students are expected to buy expensive calculators such as a TI-83. Since most students already have mobile devices they should be given the option to just use their cell phones. However, the issue of exams arises. How can a teacher be sure students won't cheat when writing an exam? This is something that would have to be considered if one was to utilize this app. If nothing else students wouldn't have to worry about forgetting their calculators when working on assignments.

Khan Academy

What is this?

This app allows students to learn about anything. This is useful for subjects other than Mathematics. There is over 4200 videos and articles on different subject areas.

How can this be used?

This app is a great external resource that students can use at anytime to get some more knowledge on a subject. Sometimes just by having material presented by another person in a different way can make a huge different for a student.

Slice Fractions

What is this?

This is an app that deals with fractions and includes features like part-whole partitioning, numerator/denominator notation, equivalent fractions, fraction ordering and subtracting fractions by 1. The objective is to clear a path for the mammoth while learning fractions along the way.

How can this be used?

This is a great app that will engage students in a fun way and still educate them. It would be a useful tool to have them refresh what they learnt in class.

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