12 Math Apps, Games, and Sites Backed by Research

March 10, 2015
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant


The number of apps, games, and websites dedicated to teaching math seems to be growing by the minute. But finding high-quality tools -- those backed by research on their effectiveness -- can feel much like finding a needle in a haystack. This week, we’ve found 12 of those needles. 

To build a strong foundation in basic math concepts, younger kids can benefit from Curiosityville and Teachley: Addimal Adventure. These two tools focus on strategy, problem-solving, reasoning, and introductory topics like number sense and basic operations. For kids a little older, they’ll latch on to Flocabulary and BrainPOP's math lessons, which feature clever hip-hop songs and animated videos, respectively. And for the older teens, Get the Math hooks kids by connecting math with the real world, and Geogebra hooks them with a hands-on approach: building virtual models to visualize equations and concepts. Common threads among all these "needles" include robust data reporting, real-time feedback, and visual models of concepts, as well as a fun element -- a narrative, an adorable character, a catchy tune -- keeping kids' attention throughout the learning process.

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