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10 Best Math Tools for High School Students

In high school, the focus in math classes turns to college and career prep through advanced algebra, calculus, test practice, and lots of real-life problem-solving. Whether teachers need a tool to flip the classroom or one to engage students in collaboration, these apps and websites go above and beyond static math practice by offering the customization, tracking, and differentiation students need to be prepared for learning beyond high school. A few also focus on making math relevant, both to students' future career paths and to social issues that'll spark interest and discussion.

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CK-12

Super STEM, social studies resource with highly customizable content

Bottom line: Making content accessible to kids with different learning styles, CK-12 could be the key to mastery for some students.

Woot Math

Adaptive lessons, collaborative games, and analytics add up to an excellent math tool

Bottom line: A top choice for teacher- or student-led lessons and real-time collaboration.

Khan Academy

Flexible learning environment offers a personalized journey to mastery

Bottom line: A solid, free resource for targeted math and science instruction, test prep, history, and more.

PhET Interactive Simulations

Massive collection of excellent (and free!) science and math simulations

Bottom line: Instantly add meaningful lab experiences to math and science classrooms for exactly $0? It's tough to beat that.

CueThink

Social approach to problem-solving promotes deep math learning

Bottom line: An innovative, community-based platform that helps students plan, strategize, and collaborate.

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Math Nation

Approachable video courses break down math, build up student skills

Bottom line: This is a fantastic resource for students and teachers alike, with a straightforward, accessible approach to learning math and an admirable approach to differentiation.

CanFigureIt Geometry

Flex your deductive reasoning muscles with geometric proofs

Bottom line: A really good way for math students to learn about proofs and explore them from a number of angles.

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Desmos

Elegant graphing calculator and math simulations promote collaboration

Bottom line: Part calculator, part interactive simulation tool, Desmos is a standout example of inquiry-driven math with super-smart instructional supports.

Brilliant

Challenge top students with self-guided math, science, and CS courses

Bottom line: This learning and practice site can be an exciting challenge for passionate, independent students but may be too much for struggling kids.

Skew the Script

Use real data from hot topics to make math relevant

Bottom line: Easy-to-access curriculum supplement will spice up algebra and statistics courses.

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