Mandatory Math Apps

Some mandatory apps that your students might not life without, in your math classroom.  I will only give you the top 5 to save room and not overwhelm your iPads when you try to download them all.  I only purchase apps that are free, because educators are strapped for cash as it is.

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. 

Your students can use the app at school to take notes, the downfall with these notes is that it does not come with a mathematical writer within Evernote.  Evernote is great for taking pictures and embedding them in the notes though, so if you have a formula or an equation worked out it is easy for a student to come up and snap a picture of the formula to use in their notes.

One of my colleagues uses Evernote for lesson plans and is also great for educators.

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WolframAlpha Viewer
If your students have an iPhone S or 5 then they can get results from WolframAlpha with Siri.  Unfortunately if you are on the iPad it only takes you to the website, but it provides an excellent math dictionary/library.  The original app is nice, but does cost money, $3.99.  They can use it with other classes and provides in great detail of graphs to equations and is a great app in the math classroom.

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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.  With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photos and text, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, now you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere.

Have your students explain math problems or even word problems, teachers can even upload them and help students with homework by working through an example problem.  Put lessons on the web so students can watch them before or after class.  Have your students teach other students in the class, it comes with many features and is great for diagramming in the math classroom.

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This app was new to me a week ago and have found it very useful in the classroom.  StoryLines for Schools is an award-winning game of 'telephone' with pictures. Featured by KQED's MindShift in their "10 Awesome Apps for Learning", and by Apple as a "New & Noteworthy" education App.  Learn new vocabulary and language concepts that are grade-appropriate, and spark your creativity in a safe, enjoyable manner.

Students can create cards such as isosceles triangles, then create a picture of an isosceles triangle.  It is a great app that allows students to have flashcards, but use them and draw a picture at the same time or by giving them an example of a type of problem.  Very useful in the math classroom.

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The last and perhaps my favorite app of all time is Aurasma.  There are thousands of possibilities for using Aurasma in the classroom and even your students can use them in the classroom.  Ever wished you could bring the real world to virtual life?  Well now you can, with Aurasma – the world’s first visual browser. Aurasma allows your smart phone or tablet to recognise images and objects. It then augments your view of the real-world with videos, music and 3D animations called “Auras”.  Bring images, objects, products, and places to virtual life by simply pointing your device at them.

There are hundreds of possibilities in the math classroom for using this app.  Come up with your own and comment on how you used Aurasma in the classroom.

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