September 3, 2014

Developing Math Skills With Educational Technology

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Apple’s pseudo catch phrase, “There’s an app for that,” has certainly made it to the education world as well. With kids becoming more and more familiar with modern technology, it seems like young children, in particular those learning their basic math skills, are considered a target audience for app creators.

Check out this blog post from Wired.com by a self-titled “Geek Dad.” He lists five apps designed to help your child master basic math skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

The website funeducationalapps.com offers just what it says it does—a wide variety of fun and educational apps for kids of all ages and skill levels. This site has a section specifically for math apps and games, which rates various math apps and explains the distinct features of each one.

Flash cards are one of the most traditional and effective methods for memorizing information. Naturally, this tried and true study technique is available in digitalized form as well. Check out this flash card app from iTunes—a more “classic” way to memorize math basics. To make your own flashcards that sync with your mobile device, try using iFlashcards with Freezingblue.com.

Beyond the scope of iPhones and iPads, there are a plethora of resources available that use “modern” technology to help kids learn math concepts. One particularly innovative website, math-songs.com, teaches math concepts—from fractions to trigonometry—by incorporating them into well-known songs.  Short video is also readily available to support self-guided learning and practice.  Two websites that I particularly like are Khan Academy and Bright Storm.

In our “digital age,” the world of educational technology is a growing enterprise, to say the least. With such vast resources available to help students learn math skills and beyond, educators and parents should leverage these tools through a blended learning approach.

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