Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Top Math Apps For Teens Working At A Lower Level

There are a lot of early math concept apps that are decorated with cute monkey pictures, or images that you would associate with a young child. Teenagers may not necessarily take to that kind of interface, but still need those foundational skills. The following list of apps came from that discussion and are recommendations by our readers and staff. 

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McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill, who publish educational textbooks, has also branched out into educational apps. A range of apps are available, covering a range of school subjects and further education. The elementary math apps have been recommended for this list, but as McGraw-Hill has 15 elementary math apps (which could be a whole list in itself), I've only listed the apps for the four basic operations here.

    Addition 0-10 $1.99                          Subtraction $1.99
    (iPad/iPhone)                                     (iPad/iPhone)

    Multiplication 1-6 $1.99                     Division $1.99
    (iPad/iPhone)                                      (iPad/iPhone)


Math Blaster HyperBlast by Knowledge Adventure

From iTunes:
Cadet, hop on your HyperCycle and discover the intergalactic adventure that adds up to total fun! Outsmart the alien robots, blast through the razor sharp blockades and speed past the stars on this mega-math adventure. The universe is counting on you do you have what it takes to complete the mission?

App Features:
- 30 levels of mind-bending math teaching
- 4 subjects: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Supports English and Spanish!
- Amazing 3D graphics!
- Fast-paced arcade fun!
- Kid-friendly controls and instructions!

$1.99 (iPad/iPhone)


Quick Math - Arithmetic & Times Tables by Shiny Things

From iTunes:
Practice your mathematics while racing the clock in this innovative iPad app. Featuring advanced handwriting recognition and a beautiful interface, Quick Math will take your general arithmetic skills to the next level.

Quick Math is perfect for students in grades 3 to 6, or for anyone wanting to improve their general math skills. With multiple difficulty levels and a focus on self-improvement, Quick Math provides increasing challenges as your skills develop.

•Practice mental addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mixed operations
•Develop arithmetic fluency and improve mental strategies
•Practice pre-algebra skills by calculating unknown values and using inverse operations
•Practice handwriting

  Quick Math $1.99          Quick Math+ $1.99
  (iPad/iPhone)                  (iPad/iPhone)


Meteor Math by Mindshapes Limited

Math meets an arcade game in Meteor Math, and you'll want to play all day!

"Crash" meteors together to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division equations. Improve your math skills as you progress through increasingly harder problems. Suitable for kids of all ages... and even adults who want a fun challenge!

Watch the trailer:

FREE (iPad/iPhone)


Whacky Math Facts by Gabysoft

Whacky Math Facts is a math facts game that helps students review their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. Whacky Math Facts is a touch screen game that makes math practice fun and challenging.

Players choose the family of math facts to practice and then progress through each level, earning bronze, silver, and gold medals. When new progress is made, tickets spew from the screen in a realistic

and rewarding manner, while on-screen prizes await purchase. Correct answers are revealed to provide feedback. Players can challenge each other or simply reward themselves. 

Parents and teachers can review player's scoreboards to quickly ascertain which math skills have been attained and which need more practice.

Full Version $1.99            Lite Version FREE
(iPad/iPhone)                    (iPad/iPhone)


BuzzMath Middle School by Scolab

Requires iPad 2+, Internet connection. iPad 1 not supported. BuzzMath is free with an option to upgrade to premium features.

√ Empowering & engaging learning experience
√ 3,000+ Problems Aligned with the Common Core State Standards
√ Variety of Answer Inputs
√ Automated Corrections, Infinite Retry

To date, we have created over 270 Common Core aligned practice activities that can be used to guide your class to mathematical success. Our team of developers and educators take great pride and care in the development and design of all of our content.

On demand, examples and instant feedback assist students as they work towards mastery. Detailed reporting tools and single-click activity assignment are also available.

FREE (iPad Only)


Telling Time by King's Apps

The best telling time app on the app store!

While other telling time apps give you only a 140 clock values or less, Telling Time + gives you over 700 different clock values. That is over 500% more content for the same price!

Telling Time + is an app designed for people of all ages. Telling Time + is the only telling time app that has over 700 different clock values.

Telling Time + features an innovate way to input the time. Instead of giving the user multiple choice, Telling Time + lets the user input the time by the hour, ten minute, and minute. This helps the user to better understand how to tell time! The user inputs the digital time based on the analog time. There are two game modes, Practice and Quiz. In practice mode the user must input the correct answer in order to move on to the next question. In quiz Mode, users only have one chance to get the question right. Users also have the option to turn on a timer. Once the time runs out, the user will not be able to answer anymore questions. Users can also decide whether they would like to have a letter grade on their report.

Telling Time+ $0.99         Telling Time FREE
(iPad/iPhone)                     (iPad/iPhone)


Counting Money by Kings Apps

Counting Money+ is an app designed to help people of all ages count U.S money. Counting Money + contains nearly 5,000 problems to solve. There are three types of games. One game is for counting only coins, the second counts only dollars, and the third combines coins and dollars. There are two game play modes. In practice mode the user must answer the question correctly in order to proceed to the next question.The user presses the check button after each attempt to check the answer. In quiz mode the user has one opportunity to answer the question correctly. There are two difficulty types, beginner and normal.


- timer can be set to 1 min., 2 min., 4 min., and 8 min.
- coin and dollar buttons represent actual currency
- questions can be set to 10, 20, 30, and 40
- lifelike sounds
- scores and grades the user's answers
- uses standard grading scale 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, and lower than 60=F
- amounts can be visually tallied or turned off to be mentally tallied (Show the total)
- sound can be turned off or on
- nearly 5000 problems await you!

Counting Money+ $1.99       Counting Money FREE
(iPad/iPhone)                         (iPad Only)


Mathtopia by Omega Labs

Stamp math expressions with colorful answer tiles. Solve a tile-matching puzzle to advance. Earn stars and trophies as you get faster at recognizing equivalencies.

The puzzle game play is similar to popular jewel swapping games but with multi-touch swap, enabling more complicated and challenging matching for addicts of tile-matching puzzlers. True addicts can match their skills against others on Game Center and unlock secret levels. Reduce stress while training the brain.

Mathtopia achievements are life-long skills.

This app has no ads or in app purchases. You can enjoy the same exciting game play in our free app "Mathtopia". The free app requires in app purchase to unlock some features

Mathtopia+ $3.99            Mathtopia FREE
(iPad/iPhone)                   (iPad/iPhone)


Math Bingo by ABCya

The object of Math BINGO is to get a pattern of five BINGO Bugs in a row by correctly answering math problems.

--- Math BINGO at a glance---

-5 BINGO games: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Mixed
-3 Different levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium and Hard
-New: 3 Fun bonus games

-30 player profiles
-12 fun cartoon avatars
-Player profiles
-New: Report card feature
-The Scoreboard keeps track of scores for each game and level
-Collect and play with BINGO Bugs when you earn a high score!

Math Bingo $0.99


Madagascar Math Ops by Knowledge Adventure

The Madagascar Zoosters, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria, are in trouble, and it’s up to your child and the Penguins to save the day! Your child will help Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico as they embark on a wild mathematical covert operation to free their friends from the enemy agents!

It won’t be easy but Kowalski’s ready with his new invention--The Equationator, a unique machine that uses math to create soda pop fuel. The Penguins will use soda pop powered jetpacks in an aerial assault, in order to bust the Madagascar Zoosters out of their cages!

Your child will have fun by using intuitive, simple gameplay as they race to rescue the Madagascar gang. Hours of fun learning await your child as they solve mathematical problems and use special jetpack abilities to finish every level.


• Play along with the Madagascar crew—Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and those lovable Penguins -- Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private!
• Play 80 game levels - strap on soda fueled jet-packs and deploy Penguin pyrotechnics to free the Zoosters Your child won’t put the game down!
• Explore THOUSANDS of math problems ranging from 1st grade to 4th grade, based on standards developed by educational experts for Mathematics. Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with 3 difficulty modes.
• All-New timer mode increases the math challenge, after level 25! Solve the math problems before time expires!
• Upgrade your game: Power-ups upgrade the fun and help your child free the Madagascar Zoosters!
• Exciting locales to see: Visit places across the world like New York, Paris, and more!

Full Version $2.99            Lite Version FREE
(iPad/iPhone)                   (iPad/iPhone)


DoodleMath (Elementary Math)by EZ Education Ltd

An assessment, and ongoing analysis, leads to a work program that is fully tailored to your child’s ability and their weaker areas. This is the ONLY math app that personalizes its content to the individual user. Regular practice is key: children are encouraged to use DoodleMath for a few minutes daily.

6000 carefully-crafted questions, all accompanied by a useful ‘help’ button offering audio/visual explanations when stuck, cover the Common Core Standards for Mathematics for 2nd through 5th Grade. DoodleMath contains over four years’ math content. The personalized work program makes it an ideal tool for preparing for end-of-grade exams.

• Weekly email reports to parents

• Great motivational features to maintain interest
• Use the index feature to help with homework from school
• No internet connection required – use anywhere around the home, in the car, on vacation, to fit around your schedule

Try DoodleMath for free. Your child’s ongoing study program is available with a single in-app purchase after about a week of use - please ensure your device has in-app purchases enabled in settings.

FREE (iPad/iPhone)


Math Cards by Horizon Business

Math Cards ! is a great way to learn and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Customize your own problem sets to focus on your needs. Set the top numbers and bottom numbers for each operator. Use the "Mix" operator to mix the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division operators in a problem set. Show the problems in random or sequential order to further test your skills. Redo incorrect problems for additional practice.

1) Choose from the following operators: +, -, x, ÷, and Mix
2) Set the top and bottom addends for addition

3) Set the top and bottom numbers for subtraction
4) Set the top and bottom factors for multiplication
5) Set the divisors and quotients for division
6) Mix the operators in the problem set if desired
7) Allow negative answers for subtraction if desired
8) Choose between multiple choice and user-entered problems
9) Set the timer on or off
10) Set the number of problems in the problem set
11) Redo incorrect problems for additional practice

Math Cards ! $1.99         Math Cards ! ! FREE
(iPad/iPhone)                  (iPad/iPhone)


KidCalc 7-in-1 Math Fun (Including Valentines Day, Easter, and Birthday Party Themes)by Steve Glinberg

KidCalc teaches number recognition, counting and math to pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school aged children using flash cards and puzzle games, with engaging artwork, animation and voice-overs.

KidCalc includes animated addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division lessons. KidCalc is easily configurable to adjust how challenging the counting and math puzzles are, with settings for toddlers learning numbers, for preschoolers learning to add and subtract, and for elementary school aged kids learning to count as high as 1000 and to multiply and divide.

KidCalc is jam packed with features and now teaches the following skills:

• Writing numbers
• Number recognition by sight and sound
• Quantity recognition with icons
• Counting forwards and backwards, with voice-overs, by increments of 1, 2, 3, on up to increments of 100
• Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with operands up to 1000
• Reading numbers spelled out, up to one thousand

KidCalc $0.99 (iPhone only)


Math Quiz Game Show by Lakeshore Learning

Children enjoy all the fun of a TV game show—as they learn essential math skills! A lively, animated host guides kids along as they practice addition & subtraction, measurement, geometry and more. Game features an optional timer for added challenge, plus optional audio support to help children read the questions and answers. For ages 6-8 years.

A separate app is also available for ages 9-11 years. Plus, check out the other Lakeshore Learning Materials apps, including the Language Adventures Quiz Game Shows!

Grades 1-3 $1.99            Grades 4-6 $1.99
(iPad/iPhone)                  (iPad/iPhone)


Cas really loves math and loves finding patterns with her kids in everyday life.

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