Thursday, June 12, 2014

APP ALERT: Schoolkit Math

I was at a Common Core in Special Education training today and our presenter was having us do some work with the CCSS. Our task was to "represent" two fractions in a way that showed they were equal.

Being the techie I am, I whipped out my iPad and was the first to volunteer my answer using the app Schoolkit Math. Quite a few of my colleagues asked me about the app after the presentation and I was all too eager to share this awesome app with them.

My kids have been using this app for a couple of months and they love what it can do. I, of course, love that it allows me to hit several CCSS standards while providing engaging activities for my kiddos.

The app serves several functions - ten, if you want to be picky. Using Schoolkit Math, students can work on arrays, fractions, hundreds charts, money, number houses, number lines, number tiles, ten frames, along with other functions such as "math challenge" and "tether math."

I've been using it primarily to introduce and work with fractions, but we have used arrays to introduce and practice multiplication concepts, as well as the number lines and number tiles to practice addition and subtraction. Its newest version also supports algebraic concepts for older students.

With the work we've been doing with CCSS and the emphasis on base ten operations and utilizing tools such as ten frames and the number lines, this application is perfect for teaching these concepts with my 2nd and 3rd grade students.

The one fault of the app? It's nearly impossible to find on iTunes when you look for it. If you'd like to download the app (which is completely FREE - another reason why I love it!) check it out here! Let me know how you're utilizing the app in your classroom!

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