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Top Tech for Math-Advanced Learners

Students come to the classroom with a diverse range of skills and competencies. But creating individualized instruction for each one can be a time-consuming task. Some students need programs to adjust to their particular needs, some crave the opportunity to solve real-world problems, and others just want informational resources to immerse themselves in. These math tools help you feed kids' hunger for knowledge and fend off boredom by creating adaptive, personalized learning experiences.

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Games and Simulations


Engaging supplemental resource encourages conceptual understanding

Bottom line: An engaging conceptual supplement for math lessons with easy-to-find standards-aligned activities.


The right combo of learning and play for chess fans at any level

Bottom line: Whether learning, playing, or coaching, ChessKid has it all covered.

Kahoot! DragonBox Learn Chess

Gentle chess puzzle game ideal for young newbies

Bottom line: For kids who are new to chess but want to learn how to play, this fun intro to the game provides a well-done tutorial combined with a light overarching storyline.


Super-cute gamified calculator may confuse more than calculate

Bottom line: Possibly a great tool for advanced students, but can be very confusing for teaching new concepts.

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.

Adaptive Learning

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DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: It's an excellent all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice with solid adaptive tech.


Adaptive tutorial site helps kids tackle tough math concepts

Bottom line: It's a great tool for filling in learning gaps and for individualizing learning; kids get practice that really helps them grasp concepts.


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.


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.


Boost math skills with personalized learning, targeted lesson support

Bottom line: With adaptive features and solid support, it's a fantastic tool to support your instruction.

Supplemental Resources and Practice


Standards-aligned, adaptive, core subject materials with lots of support

Bottom line: It's rich with content-aligned assessments, worksheets, and progress analytics, so mindful teachers will find it a valuable resource to promote skills mastery through practice.

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.


Content-rich math program that covers it all, from K to 12

Bottom line: A wealth of mathematics instructional material with useful reporting features.


Make math matter with problems kids can relate to

Bottom line: Yummy Math brings us 3rd-12th grade Common Core-aligned math activities on topics kids care about.


Social approach to problem-solving promotes deep math learning

Bottom line: An innovative, community-based platform that helps students plan, strategize, and collaborate.

Tuva Labs

Dynamic data-exploration tool offers large collection of data sets

Bottom line: Partner with another teacher (preferably a data whiz) and work together to develop cross-curricular activities.

Algebra by Hand

Interactive tool focuses on process to create step-by-step solutions

Bottom line: Good, focused practice for experienced students who have overcome the program's intricacies.

CanFigureIt Geometry

Flex your deductive reasoning muscles with geometric proofs

Bottom line: A really good way for math students to learn about proofs and explore them from a number of angles.


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.


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.


Challenge top students with self-guided math, science, and CS courses

Bottom line: This learning and practice site can be an exciting challenge for passionate, independent students but may be too much for struggling kids.


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.


All-too-easy tool for solving, and seeing, step-by-step math solutions

Bottom line: A great visual tool for students and teachers to explore complex math equations, though some may use it just to get quick answers.

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