Want to encourage your older student to engage with Math outside of school and assigned homework? Try these math thinking apps for enrichment or summer learning!
Incredible Numbers has a clean, bright and beautiful design, and it’s packed with content. A win-win for the consumer. See how numbers weave into many facets of the world, like nature and music. It includes 71 activities for students (and adults!) to engage with. This would provide for a valuable learning experience for parent and student together. The creator of the app is also an author of great books about math. Each circle on the opening menu screen is like a chapter in a book but includes rich interactive areas for play and experimentation. The chapters include Secret Codes, Infinity, Factorials, Nature, Music, Polygons, Pie, and Primes. Check out The Enigma Machine interactive tool that allows you to create your own secret code. The app is $9.99 and appropriate for students ages 10 and up.
Dragon Box 12+
Is your child ready for Pre-Algebra or has she already taken a level of Algebra? Parents, are you ready to recall algebraic thinking skills? The perfect solution to get both parents and students into Algebra is Dragon Box 12+. The app focuses on developing algebraic thinking through deliberate, small steps that teach you rules about thinking and problem solving. The approach is truly unique and incredibly visual for students who learn through pictures and demonstrations. I remember having anxiety prior to starting Pre-Algebra as a child, and if I had had experiences like Dragon Box, I think it would have given me confidence to understand the direction in which Algebra was going to taking my learning. Also, for younger students, Dragon Box 5+ starts children into basic algebra concepts with a slower approach. The app is $7.99, but worth the price for students and parents interested in a fun, creative approach to Algebra.
Math Doodles was created by Daren Carsten, who used to spend most of his time in math class doodling. He turned those doodles into a challenging Math Puzzle game. There are four different puzzle games within the app. I love the vast array of levels that this app provides, making it perfect for families that have multiple children. Each puzzle can be changed to include different types of visuals, such as numbered dice for younger students or roman numerals or fractions for older students or parents. One of the games, Unknown Square, simulates the act of solving for the unknown in math problems through a game. Students have the option of creating the game with different types of symbols like binary numbers, fractions, US dollars, words, ten frames and other uniquely math symbols. Then the “board” for the game is set and the students tackle solving for the unknown square. Students can choose the easy or hard version and whether or not to be timed to complete the puzzle. There is also a race mode if your family is into friendly competition. The app is beautifully and artistically made for tons of math fun!
Using iPad apps can be a fun and non-threatening way to learn Math. Parents, be an example of a lifelong learner, and attempt math alongside your student! Better yet, let them teach you, and you’re sure to be successful in more ways than one.