Parents play an important role in successful learning, and educational technology can help support students and their families after school hours. The Thinksy app creates an environment where families learn and play together. ‘Thinksy-enabled’ games, built in partnership with dozens of independent game developers, covers hundreds of K-3 Common Core learning objectives for math.
While children are engaged, parents are given unique tools that monitor progress, adjust learning and deliver unique rewards. Parents can encourage their child with a unique message, emoticon or reward from inside the game. With Thinksy, parents become a part of the learning process from anywhere. Additionally, each player’s learning progress adapts automatically and is maintained between PC, iOS, and Android devices. Thinksy’s parent engagement tools launch later this month, with subscriptions starting at $7.50/month for iOS or Android.
This summer PracTutor is offering their online curriculum completely free for students. This personalized curriculum includes a diagnostic pre-test that measures current learning levels and customizes a learning path for every student. This summer your students can practice Math and English skills through various question types, manipulatives, and videos with scaffolds and support.
Families can save up to $60 this summer by accessing PracTutor for free. It includes unlimited practice to master national standards and real-time reports. Keeping students on task during the summer can be a challenge. Children can extend their studies through the summer months by dedicating a set amount of time each week to practicing important Math and English skills.
Visit PracTutor’s website to learn more about their free summer program!
There are so many tools I used as a student that are now available virtually on iPads. One fabulous free app that fits into this category is the Geoboard. Forget about rubber bands snapping around your classroom. The virtual geoboard has everything you need to teach polygons, area, scaling and symmetry. From changing colors, overlaying figures and annotating the screen, it’s full of great features for your math classroom!
There are lots of apps that can “wow” a crowd and MyScript Calculator is definitely one of them. Write an equation (simple or complex) onto your screen and the app will use handwriting recognition software to solve the problem. This fantastic free app can be used by students to check their work, especially order of operations. If you’ve tried this app before update to the most recent version to access all of their great features. You’ll need to try it to believe it!
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using math apps in the classroom!
OpenEd.io is the world’s largest K-12 educational resource library and contains over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans. Teachers can access content that is aligned to every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. It lets users easily find and assign resources from OpenEd’s pre-built lesson plans (lists of videos, assessments and homework) for every grade level and subject — and they can modify these lesson plans or create their own. While the vast majority of resources are free, OpenEd also offers a Premium Subscription of proprietary content from major educational publishers for just $9.95/month.
You might be familiar with OpenEd’s free app Common Core Quest, which is available for Apple, Android and Chrome. It allows students to take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and English Language Arts skills and earn badges for each category. When students don’t achieve mastery, the app recommends videos and games to learn the precise micro-concepts they are struggling with. The net result is universal personalized learning for each student.
Learn more about OpenEd.io by visiting their website!
You may have seen my post last year on Happy Numbers, an online learning tool for K-2 students that introduces a variety of math concepts. Happy Numbers has added a handful of new exercises that you’ll want to check out. These new activities build upon the current exercises to help students take their learning to the next level.
These new exercises include addition equations for building student strategies and number flexibility. The goal is to give students multiple tools for solving addition problems through modeling and varied equations. There are also two new activities on multiplication and equal grouping. These exercises have pictures and virtual manipulatives to help students grasp multiplication concepts.
Visit Happy Numbers’ website to learn more!