5 Great iPad Apps for Middle School Math Teachers

If you weren’t aware yet, I’m a Middle School Math teacher.  I’m also an Apple fanboy, so this post is going to be near and dear to my heart as it covers two of my favorite subjects.

I could write page after page on math apps, but I’m trying to keep this post fairly short.  Of course, these are subject to change over time.  Here are 5 apps to get you started on your math app journey.  I encourage you to do your own research and find out more about each one of these apps and see if they are a good fit for you and your teaching style.

Great iPad Apps for Middle School Math Teachers

MyScript Calculator

MyScript Calculator is an easy, simple and intuitive mathematic demonstration, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time. With MyScript© Calculator, perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.

MyScript currently recognizes over 200 mathematical symbols and characters, providing a robust toolkit for handwritten mathematical work. Even better, the technology is time-order independent, emphasizing spatial layout of mathematical terms to better reflect user perspective and ensure accuracy.

Algebra Touch

Learn algebra with Algebra Touch by seeing how expressions react to your touch. Available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and Windows 8. $2.99 USD.

Factor Samurai

Factor samurai is a great way to learn times tables. You play as the samurai whose sacred duty is to cut all the numbers down to their prime factors.

You will be thrown one number after the next, cut them up if they can be factored into smaller values, if not, if they are prime, do not cut them.

Prime numbers are numbers that cannot be divided into small whole numbers. Two, three, five, seven, eleven, and thirteen are all examples of prime numbers. Four is not prime because it can be broken down in the whole numbers two times two.

Factor Samurai will reinforce the arithmetic principles of multiplication and division by continually challenging the player to remember which numbers can be factored into smaller values, and which ones can’t.

As the player slices numbers into factors, those factors can be broken down further, until they are split into their prime factors.

Knowing that 63 is 3 times 3 times 7 or that 128 is 2 raised to the seventh power (7 twos!) is how you become a true Factor Samurai!

Factor Samurai is used extensively in the classroom. More than half of the recorded downloads are to public schools.

Operation Math: Code Squad

Take the action to a whole new level, in the fun multi-player math game based on the original Parents’ Choice Award-winning game — Operation Math Code Squad. Join up to three other Base 10 agents to solve the equations and disarm Dr. Odd’s latest device before your time runs out in a challenging game of tick-tock tech guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your iPad.

DragonBox Algebra

DragonBox Algebra 12+ is a must-have tool for students so they can earn better grades and gain confidence in algebra and mathematics. It is based on the award winning game DragonBox Algebra 5+, but covers more advanced topics in mathematics and algebra.

I know I’ve left about a million other apps off of this list, so what are your favorite iPad apps for middle school teachers?

Mike

I teach, I geek, I dad, I write, I math, I husband. Not always in that order. Ravenclaw. Font snob. Husband to Amanda, Dad to BooBoo.

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