Just in Time for Pi Day:

The Most Popular Free Math Tools

__myBlee__ Math

myBlee is a math practice and tutorial app for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. First, users set up an account (using an email address, username, and grade level), then kids can launch straight into the lessons and step-by-step instructions.

Function Carnival from Desmos - Free! Back in March of 2014, math site Demos added Function Carnival, developed in collaboration with math educators Dan Meyer and Christopher Danielson. Function Carnival helps students get a handle on confusing graphs lessons and helps them experiment to resolve misunderstandings. Through video, graphing, and replaying graphs as animations students can begin to construct their own understanding of what these graphs really mean.

**SumDog** - Free! Nearly a year ago, we gave a shout-out to Technology Specialist Elisabeth Flottman and LA’s KIPP Empower Academy for tossing us this “math bone.” Sumdog is a free site with math games where students can play each other, or play other students from across the globe. Extra bonus goodies: create free student logins, monitor your students’ live performances and run progress reports for parents. It’s bow-wow-wonderful.

3. **Photomath** - Free! According to edublogger Richard Byrne's blogpost back in October, this app could "change the way we think about math." Photomath is an iOS and Windows app that provides students with solutions to math problems, whether users can take a picture of a math problem in a book and immediately watch as the problem is completed for them. Will this encourage cheating--or rather, student empowerment? Whatever it encourages, Photomath garnered a lot of clicks from the INSTRUCT readership audience, and continues to get frequent mentions from educators on Twitter.

**Contraption Maker** - Free! Though not exactly straight math instruction, Contraption Maker captured the hearts of math and science teachers like back in the fall. Trampolines, dynamite, and conveyor belts might be unwieldy in the classroom--but with Contraption Maker, your students can use these tools (virtually) to solve puzzles and make contraptions. Designed for students in grades 3-8, Contraption Maker offers up hundreds of puzzles on your browser, and is free for educators.

TeachMe - Free! Here’s one for the gamer in all of you: TeachMe is an online suite of internet math games, available for teachers, students, and parents to use inside and outside the classroom. Covering math concepts in Pre-K to 9th grade and searchable by Common Core State Standards, TeachMe also has progress reports and dashboards for parents and teachers to track individual student performance.

Tap Into Teen Minds
Tap Into Teen Minds


Students as Creators - Not Curators - of Math
Students as Creators - Not Curators - of Math
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Teaching math the way we always have is simply the curation and memorization of math rather than the creation and deep understanding necessary for success
July 29, 2014
In "Redefining Mathematics Education"

How to Promote Positive Student Attitude in Math Class
How to Promote Positive Student Attitude in Math Class
====How to Promote Positive Student Attitude in Math Class====
How to Promote Positive Student Attitude in Math Class and Bring Out the Best in Your Math Students by being a constant source of positive energy.
May 22, 2013
In "Good Teaching Practices"

An amusement park of math and more... Lessons and games designed for fun!

Bored with math? Confused by math? Hate math? Yeah, Coolmath can fix that.

Totally dig math? Want to learn more math ? Want to get ahead in math?

Want to play some cool math games?

Yep, Coolmath is here for that too!

Math Instructional Strategy Guides

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Interacting with Peers Math Language Modeling Organizing

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Supporting Science Thinking Aloud Understanding Problems Visual Representations

MayaNumbers. Free

In addition to a brief historical explanation of how the Mayan people performed math calculations, this app offers up a simple game that will have players using tap, swipe, and tap-and-hold gestures to add dots, dashes, and shells to represent 1, 5, and 0 (zero), the three numbers used by Mayans for addition (and a form of multiplication). It’s tricky, too — the Mayans used a base-20 system for counting as opposed to the standard base-10 we use today, so players will need to change the way they think just a bit and “forget” the 1s, 10s, and 100s places used in today’s math and replace it with 1s, 20s, and 400s. The colors and graphics for MayaNumbers are eye-catching — not surprising considering that Dig-It! Games was founded by Suzi Wilczynski, a professional archaeologist and former middle-school teacher.

external image sushi_monsters.png Sushi Monster is a new free iPad game from Scholastic.
The purpose of Sushi Monster is to provide a fun environment for students to practice their addition and multiplication skills

Mathtrain.TV is the produced by students Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, California. The site features videos in

which students explain how to solve mathematics problems commonly attempted by middle school students. Mathtrain.TV also has videos made by teachers. Many of the videos are subtitled.

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Mangahigh: k-12 math games

Mangahigh is a game based learning site where students can learn all about

math. What is unique about Mangahigh math learning games is the way that the learning topics are addressed.

The games adapt in difficulty to student levels as they play. Games continue to challenge students without getting too difficult too quickly and frustrating kids.

All games are based on the Common Core standards making it easy to integrate the games into your current curriculum. Click on the hotlinks and let's get started helping kids " run to Math" as opposed to away from it!

MATHEBOOK.NET - www.Mathebook.net
Free learning website fully interactive to allow kids to practice and learn math with ease.
From Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School and High School Math,
There are Online Tutorials as well as downloadable pdf tutorials.
Online Tutorials have a score card that shows how many answers were right or wrong,

Math Live is a neat mathematics website developed by Learn Alberta. Math Live presents students with animated stories that teach mathematics lessons. In all there are twenty-three lessons for elementary school and middle school students. The lessons are divided into four categories; Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, Statistics and Probability.

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Plus Magazine is a free online publication dedicated to introducing readers to practical applications of mathematics. Plus Magazine strives to reach that goal through the publication of mathematics-related news articles, podcasts, and mathematics puzzles designed around "real-life" scenarios

Check out these great and diverse Math resources! Use as primary instruction and/or enrichment. Either way they are bound to engage the Math Avoiders.

1. Divisibility Dash – This app provides students with practice in finding multiples of a target divisor. Numbers are chosen from a selection of numbered globes, points are awarded for each correct answer, and the game continues until you remove all 60 globes from the playing screen. Good fun.

2. Subtraction Top-it -This game is about identifying the difference between two two-digit numbers and it comes in the form of a card game. It can be used as a 1 or 2 player game.

3. Baseball Multiplication 1-6 – There are various forms of baseball math online already. This one is no different really, but could be a good quick resource for testing multiplication facts from 1-6

4. K-12 eFlashcards – This app is .free. These flashcards have vocabulary on one side and definitions on the other.. They cover Math and Science terms up to 8th grade.

5. Equivalent Fractions – This is kind of a cross between solitaire and a match-it card game. Players need to choose cards with fractions on them that they think are equivalent. As the game goes on, more cards are revealed, or turned over, to uncover more fractions to match up. Extra points are awarded for combos!

6. Name that Number – A great thinking game for Math! Students are given a target number which they must match by putting 5 numbers and four operations in the right place in order to match the target number.

7. Monster Squeeze – This is definitely one for younger students, but another fun one nonetheless. Students have to guess a mystery number on a number line. If they guess too high, the monster covers up that number and higher on the number line. If they guess too low, it does the same with lower numbers until eventually they work out the mystery number. This can also be a 1 or 2 player game.

8. Tric-Trac – Yahtzee anyone? This dice rolling game is another 2-player game and one that will again appeal to lower elementary teachers. Students roll two dice, add them together, and remove that number from their list of numbers. First one to eliminate all their numbers is the winner.

9. Beat the Computer – Students race against the clock in this game in order to answer as many multiplication problems as they can before the time runs out.

10. Addition Top-it – This is just like Subtraction Top-it but, you guessed it, with addition problems