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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. 

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Adaptive Programs

JumpStart Academy Math

Adaptive classroom math tool offers individualized lessons, fun games

Bottom line: JumpStart Academy is an individualized game-based curriculum that can take the work out of indvidualized instruction.

Redbird Mathematics

Excellent adaptive math for flipped or blended classrooms

Bottom line: If you're looking for courseware for your nontraditional classroom, this is based on solid research and proven technology.

DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: This is a pretty nice all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice with solid adaptive tech, but students might need help with the interface.

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.

TenMarks Math

Responsive and adaptive math practice for every grade level

Bottom line: Adaptive K–12 math practice that hones in on students' areas for growth with lots of potential to empower.

Imagine Math

Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards

Bottom line: A fantastic, comprehensive program where teachers can track progress and motivate using meaningful rewards.


Strong adaptive learning makes traditional math curriculum more useful

Bottom line: For kids who crave a traditional mastery-style math learning experience and have good self-regulation skills, this is a great option.

Games and Drills

Gracie & Friends Birthday Cafe

Numbers-and-quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding

Bottom line: Super approach to teaching a very specific topic: Help kids develop an easy familiarity with quantities under five.

Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand

Interactive games thoroughly address small, focused learning goal

Bottom line: Games do a nice job of providing practice with a very specific early math principle; they work even better as part of a whole teaching unit.


Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games

Bottom line: Curiosityville is a great online learning tool for kids that addresses a range of topics.


Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills

Bottom line: Students can improve targeted skills with tons of practice modules and visually appealing tasks.

Kindergarten Math for School

Fancy drills, many topics make for an easy-to-use teaching supplement

Bottom line: With a wealth of material and lots of customization options, this can be a great tool for supplementing math instruction right where kids need it.

Teachley: Addimal Adventure

Jungle animals help kids swing into math with single-digit addition

Bottom line: An excellent interactive way for kids to build a conceptual understanding of addition while having fun with silly jungle animals.

ST Math: K-6

Game-based, visual activities get below the surface for deep learning

Bottom line: Great tool for differentiating in-class and at-home math practice.

Wuzzit Trouble

Boost critical thinking and problem solving with fun math puzzler

Bottom line: Fun games and super-cute characters help kids build important skills related to math and higher-order thinking.

Motion Math: Fractions!

Interactive play, clear visuals, scaffolded feedback enhance learning

Bottom line: Kids will find this a fun and creative way to learn about fractions.

Real-World Connections


Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform

Bottom line: Flocabulary has the goods: It's savvy enough to keep kids focused, and teachers will be tapping their toes to the unorthodox learning method.

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.

Fog Stone Isle

Fun virtual world builds deep understanding of fractions

Bottom line: A 3D world that uses adaptive computer manipulatives and multiple representations to help students retain important fractions concepts.

ExploreLearning Gizmos

Vast array of science and math simulations impresses

Bottom line: This powerful set of math and science tools puts the learning in students' hands.


Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.

Action Math Baseball

A mathematical home run for baseball fans; less engaging for rookies

Bottom line: Students use their math skills to solve challenging real-world sports problems.


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.

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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