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Awesome Algebra Apps and Websites

Algebra serves as a building block for more advanced math like calculus or statistics. It helps us solve simple and complex problems, like personal finance, that arise in daily life. We become critical, more informed citizens when we are able to understand the math done by others, such as journalists or politicians. Whether you're introducing pre-algebra topics like factoring and exponents or looking for resources to support teaching more advanced concepts like matrices, polynomials, and linear equations, these great apps and sites have you covered.

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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.

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.


Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers

Bottom line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs.

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.


Awesome, adaptive math games with a killer teacher dashboard

Bottom line: Fantastic tool for flipped or blended classrooms, formative assessment, or extra practice in any setting.

Kahoot! Algebra by DragonBox

Mesmerizing step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra

Bottom line: This innovative game-changer teaches algebra, changes the way kids learn it, and even changes how they feel about it.

Kahoot! Algebra 2 by DragonBox

Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra

Bottom line: Kids build a strong foundation for algebra by learning the underlying concepts for solving equations with this extremely fun and educational math tool.

AC Math

Comprehensive math resources can help enhance instruction

Bottom line: Quality tools, learning opportunities, and organizable lessons support learning.

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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.

Algebra Touch

Nice twist to learn equation steps, not answers

Bottom line: Algebra Touch breaks equations down into steps and describes them with such basic language that math-challenged students should improve.

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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.


Fantastic teacher resources for algebra and geometry lessons

Bottom line: A great supplement to any math teacher's classroom, with easy-to-follow, thoughtful lesson plans and supporting materials.


Create, share, and modify math models and simulations

Bottom line: Free, open-source software that lets teachers build or adapt learning experiences to meet their kids' needs.

Graspable Math

Handy way to ditch the pen and paper when solving algebra equations

Bottom line: Students literally grab onto algebra equations and move and shake them up, investigating what happens every step of the way.


Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math

Bottom line: Easy-to-deliver lessons use real-world topics tweens like.


A beautiful, interactive twist on the classic math textbook

Bottom line: A front-runner for a new generation of textbooks -- if they finish their course catalog and add more teacher resources.


Personalized, step-by-step math coaching challenges and adapts

Bottom line: A solid, adaptive curriculum that guides kids as they work out problems.

Virtual Nerd

Flip a classroom with these free video math tutorials

Bottom line: High-quality but monotonous math tutorials can be a good classroom supplement.

Get the Math

Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video

Bottom line: Proof that algebra is used to solve real problems in kid-approved professions: basketball, music, gaming, and fashion.


Intelligent collaborative whiteboard opens up new ways to create math

Bottom line: This flexible tool is great for student groups to upload, manipulate, and share math projects.

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