November 14, 2014
Below is a set of good iPad apps that you can use with your kids and students to enhance their mathematical thinking. These apps are meant for young learners and are specifically useful when introducing kids to those rudimentary notions of mathematical computations. The purpose of teaching kids to think mathematically, as detailed in Kaye Stacey's paper, is three folds: First, it will allow kids to conduct mathematical investigations by themselves. Second, it will help them acquire other thinking skills particularly problem-solving and as mathematician Paul Halmos (1980) stated, 'problem solving is the heart of mathematics'. Third, it helps kids get a deeper appreciation of mathematics and use it in their daily and working lives.
1- Hands-on Math Hundreds Charts
2- Sushi Monster
3- Math Flash Cards
4- Meerkat Math
Designed and programmed by two former high school teachers, Meerkat Math is more than just a runner game. Every level is packed full of questions that entertain and enlighten. Complete missions by running through eight mini-games on an island packed full of challenges. Play and level up to unlock all 8 modes.
5- Think 3D Free
- Choose from of a variety of 3D shapes
- Create unlimited combinations with colorful solids
- Add or remove solids with a single tap
- Drag one finger to rotate 3D images in any direction
- Zoom in and out for a better view
- Swipe to spin in any direction
- 3D creations saved in documents