Friday, February 13, 2015

Three Fun and Free Android Apps for Math Practice

In BYOD settings I see a fair amount of Android devices. That makes sense because compared to iOS devices there are a lot of relatively inexpensive Android devices available through cellular network providers. If you have students and or their parents looking for some math practice apps, take a lot at these three fun and free math practice apps.

10monkeys is a free Android app that elementary school students will enjoy using to practice their multiplication skills. The premise of the game is that students have to free the monkeys by correctly answering multiplication questions as quickly as possible. Students earn points for accuracy and speed. As students progress through the game they progress through the multiplication tables of two through ten. The last level mixes up problems from all of the previous levels. 10monkeys provides multiplication tables as references for students to use when they get stuck on a level. 10Monkeys is also available as an iPad app, but the iPad version is not free.

Math Mate is a free game for testing your mathematics skills. The game has two modes; “practice” and “challenge.” The challenge mode times you and gives you a rank compared to other players. There are three levels for each mode; easy, medium, and hard. The easy level is mostly addition and subtraction. The medium level is primarily multiplication. The hard level has more difficult multiplication and division problems.

Fresh Pick is a free Android app from PBS Kids. The app is based on the popular PBS web series Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. The purpose of the app is to challenge students’ math and problem solving skills. The app contains eight challenges for students to try. Students can go through the challenges in any order that they like. The eight challenges for students are Buying Groceries, Grocery Mapping, Neighborhood Mapping, Pantry Hunt, Fizzy’s Invention, Customer Change, Find Freddy, and Food Matcher. Of the eight challenges in Fresh Pick there are two that immediately stand out for classroom use. Those two are Buying Groceries and Customer Change. In Buying Groceries students are given a budget and they have to choose foods that match the budget. Customer Change asks students to make correct change. This app is also available as a free iPad app.