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Math Tools Backed by Research

A lot of tech tools claim to have learning benefits, but how do teachers know what's the real deal? One way is to look for either tech that's inspired by the latest research into learning, pedagogy, and instructional design or tech that's been evaluated by researchers. It's not always easy to find this information, so we've curated a list of math apps, games, and websites that fit the bill. Here you'll find programs that adapt to each student's progress, game-based learning that is sure to engage, and sites that show students why math matters to them. 

Adaptive Programs

Sokikom: Common Core Math Visit Website: https://www.sokikom.com/
Adaptive classroom math tool offers individualized lessons, fun games
Grades K-6
Type Website
Price $25/Student
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Redbird Mathematics Visit Website: http://redbirdlearning.com/our-offerings/digital-curriculum/#mathematics
Excellent adaptive math for flipped or blended classrooms
Grades K-7
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
DreamBox Learning Math Publisher: DreamBox Learning
Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs
Grades K-8
Type Game
Price 12.95/month
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TenMarks Visit Website: http://www.tenmarks.com/
Responsive and adaptive math practice for every grade level
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Think Through Math Visit Website: http://www.thinkthroughmath.com/
Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards
Grades 3-10
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ALEKS Visit Website: https://www.aleks.com
Strong adaptive learning makes traditional math curriculum more useful
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated

Games and Drills

Gracie & Friends Birthday Cafe Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Numbers-and-quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Interactive games thoroughly address small, focused learning goal
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Curiosityville Visit Website: http://www.curiosityville.com
Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
IXL Visit Website: http://www.ixl.com/
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Kindergarten Math for School Publisher: infinut
Fancy drills, many topics make for an easy-to-use teaching supplement
Grades K
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Teachley: Addimal Adventure Publisher: Teachley
Jungle animals help kids swing into math with single-digit addition
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ST Math: K-6 Visit Website: http://www.mindresearch.org/stmath/elementary/
Game-based, visual activities get below the surface for deep learning
Grades K-6
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Wuzzit Trouble Publisher: InnerTube Games
Boost critical thinking and problem solving with fun math puzzler
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Motion Math: Fractions! Publisher: Motion Math
Interactive play, clear visuals, scaffolded feedback enhance learning
Grades 3-5
Type App
Price $2.99-$3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3

Real-World Connections

Flocabulary: Math Visit Website: http://www.flocabulary.com/
Catchy raps grab kids' attention from the first "one-two, one-two"
Grades K-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PhET Interactive Simulations Visit Website: https://phet.colorado.edu
Massive cache of excellent (and free!) science and math simulations
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
ExploreLearning Gizmos Visit Website: http://explorelearning.com
Vast array of science and math simulations impresses
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
BrainPOP: Math Visit Website: http://www.brainpop.com
Clever videos and useful resources make math pop off the screen
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price From $220
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Action Math Baseball Visit Website: http://www.actionmathbaseball.com/
A mathematical home run for baseball fans; less engaging for rookies
Grades 6-8
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
GeoGebra Visit Website: http://www.geogebra.org/
Create, share, and modify math models and simulations
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Get the Math Visit Website: http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/
Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video
Grades 7-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4