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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 resource with highly accessible content

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

Khan Academy

Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore

Bottom line: A solid resource for Common Core math instruction as well as foundational knowledge in a number of other subjects.


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 cache 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.


Phenomenal 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. It's gamification that really works.

DragonBox Algebra 5+

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.

DragonBox Algebra 12+

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.

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.


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.


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

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


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 quality video math tutorials

Bottom line: High-quality math and physics tutorials are a great classroom supplement, plus they're aligned to Common Core standards.

Get the Math

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

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

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