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.