Website review by Pamela Brittain, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2020

Dudamath

Explore paperless possibilities in interactive, imperfect, problem-solving tool

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6–12
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Math, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Multiple math types and tools plus tutorials to get started make it great for practice and reinforcement.

Cons: To use it effectively requires a lot of teacher input, and it may overwhelm some students.

Bottom Line: With careful planning it can serve as a solid interactive supplement to all kinds of math lessons.

Dudamath can be a helpful tool in any math classroom. It allows teachers to assign questions and have students create, manipulate, and visualize their math problems. It's a good supplement to in-class lessons, worksheets, and homework because it lets students do many types of calculations and helps them with visualization in many types of math. 

It also has a great feature that allows teachers to create interactive worksheets by logging in with a Google account and then having students join the lesson using a special code. These virtual worksheets can have media and YouTube videos embedded alongside the area students practice. You can get students practicing math concepts within the tool before they do homework independently, or you can create an assignment within Dudamath. There aren't any pre-made worksheets available, though, so it's up to you to create your own.

Because it's so easy to rearrange pieces of an equation, adjust a fraction, or change an angle, it's great for illustrating what happens when one element of a problem shifts. For instance, it could help students learn the associative and communicative properties to see how equations can be solved in different ways. You could use it as an interactive visual aid as you walk students through a concept. It also has potential as a tool for students who have problems writing equations (motor skill issues) or for students with dyscalculia/dyslexia (difficulty keeping equations straight and in order).

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Dudamath is a great collection of math tools in a number of different fields including solving expressions, graphing, tables, geometry, stats, taxes, probability, and more. There's even a noise meter that can measure the sound levels in the classroom and let students work with decibel levels.

Select the type of math you're teaching from the panel on the left. That's also where you'll find a built-in tutorial (most have slideshows and text-based instructions) that can help explain how to use the tools to solve various equations and questions. If you click into the workspace, a widget pops up with a variety of selections. From that tool, you can click on the kind of math you want to explore. On the right side of the screen, there's a slide-out panel with lots of formulas, color choices, and the same selections you find in the widget. If you sign in with your Google account, you can create files, folders, and class sessions. When you create a session, you'll get a code students can use to join, and you can create an assessment, worksheet, or other content for students to use.

 

Dudamath holds its own against other digital math workspaces, and it's a solid resource to help students visualize math problems and work with numbers. As a supplement or reinforcement for concepts you've already introduced, it has a lot of potential to be a helpful tool. Because you can create materials, it lets you tailor the practice to your students' needs. And it's especially helpful when you're teaching math concepts that benefit from manipulating elements to show how that changes results.

However, it still requires a lot of teacher input and creation to be useful, and it takes practice to get used to the interface. Though the tutorials are helpful and walk you through step by step, there are so many options and features that it can be overwhelming. And occasionally, the tutorial doesn't match the tool exactly, as with the Fast & Curious tool that's supposed to have a graphing element that wasn't visible. So, if you explore and test the part of Dudamath you want to use thoroughly enough to master the features, it has a lot of potential for targeted practice. Just be ready to support students who may get overwhelmed by the intricacies of the tool in combination with learning new math concepts.

Overall Rating

Engagement

Versatile online calculator challenges students to manipulate numbers in lots of ways, but it may be overwhelming to some.

Pedagogy

It's a solid supplemental tool for the classroom to make math more dynamic, but it'll likely take very specific objectives and guidance to make it work for every student.

Support

Visual and text tutorials for each tool are a great resource, but the number of features could still be a lot for students to take in.


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