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Digital Graphing Tools

No scientific calculator? No problem! These apps, games, and websites merge mathematical modeling with the fun of digital creation and gaming. Whether students are learning to graph coordinates on a plane, manipulating variables in a simulation, or gathering live scientific data, they will be better able to comprehend deep mathematical relationships. Math students -- from beginner to advanced -- can use these tools to connect math concepts to concrete, real-world scenarios.

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Create Activities and Simulations

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.

Desmos

Elegant graphing calculator and math simulations promote collaboration

Bottom line: Innovative calculator and simulations are a standout graphing option for inquiry-driven math.

GeoGebra

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.

Focus on Geometry

Choreo Graph

Animate with fun geometry STEAM app; learning requires teacher support

Bottom line: Teachers and classroom communities are needed for app activities to meet their learning potential; start with the coordinating lessons.

Geometry Pad

Construct and explore geometric figures with smart digital workbook

Bottom line: This free version has limited features, but it's an interactive, tech-savvy way for kids to explore advanced geometry.

isosceles+ : geometry sketchpad

Digital tool for exploring and constructing lines, angles, shapes

Bottom line: Versatile high-tech, hands-on tool is useful for teaching, exploring, constructing geometric figures.

Integrate Science Content

Lab4Physics

Bring physics to life using lab sensors built right into your smartphone

Bottom line: Use your smartphone to gather data and study speed, gravity, waves, and other physics concepts.

The PocketLab

Gather and analyze live data anywhere

Bottom line: A science sensor that pairs with your device to gather and analyze data is perfect for inquiry-based learning.

Prepmagic

Customize science simulations to highlight phenomena

Bottom line: Science simulations become more effective with teacher-added edits and formative assessments.

Manipulate and Visualize Data

Tuva Labs

Access to curated data sets has tons of potential, needs more teacher support

Bottom line: Partner with another teacher (preferably a data whiz) and work together to develop activities that will support learning in your classes.

CODAP

Drag and drop data to investigate nearly any subject

Bottom line: A bit awkward to use, but far more engaging than traditional spreadsheet/graphing tools.

FooPlot

Plot points, make graphs with basic but functional tool

Bottom line: It's free, it's simple, and it does the job; you can plot functions, polar equations, parametrics, and points.

TI Math

Straightforward, standards-aligned graphing calculator activities

Bottom line: TI Math activities use graphing utilities and focus more on procedural learning than reasoning.

Play Graphing Games

Mangahigh

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.

Math Snacks

Satisfying mathematical treats kids will gladly gobble up

Bottom line: Teachers and students will excel with engaging, often funny material; it's a pleasure to explore these extensive resources.

Quadrant Defender

Graphing equations is the key to victory in tower defense game

Bottom line: An effective and more motivating way to get students to practice graphing linear equations.

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