Digital Tools for Math
J2Training - Janet Corder & Joan Gore
@alexbellos - author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland
How to Use Twitter to Find Great Math Resources & Ideas (online article)
Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot, except the questions appear on the students' devices.
Let's try it out!
- On your device or laptop, open quizizz.com.
- Click Join a Game.
- Enter the Game Code the teacher provides and click Go.
- Type in your name and click Join Game.
- Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
WOW - Quizizz now has math symbols!
Take a look at some favorite Quizizz features:
- Easily create a quiz by using questions from multiple public quizzes
- Math symbols
- Highlight keywords with red, green or blue text
- Make your own Memes
BIG NEWS! You can now have images as your answer choices.
The Latest from Quizizz!
- Read Aloud on browsers: Earlier we had read aloud only on the apps. Now it also works on browsers (on desktop/laptops as well as mobile device browsers). Directions for turning this feature on STUDENT DEVICES can be found here.
- Flashcard mode: This is a new mode that has been added for students. Click here to find out more.
Gimkit was created by high school students and is similar to Kahoot! and Quizizz, except the students play for “money” instead of points. The free version allows you to have 5 Kits (games) in your account. The paid version allows for unlimited Kits and edits and includes other features. The Pro version is $59.88 a year or $7.99 per month. School and bulk discounts are available.
Gimkit includes a library of Kits from users. You can create your own Kit by typing in the questions and answers or you can upload questions from Quizlet or a CSV file.
Let's give it a try! Open gimkit.com/play and enter the code on the screen.
Let's give it a try!
- Open quizlet.live.
- Type in the code the teacher has given you.
- Type in your name.
- Quizlet Live will assign you a team. Find your teammates and get together.
- Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
Quizlet Live in Math Classes
We love Quizlet Live, but playing Relay Style really makes it exciting. The devices for each team are all placed in one location. Students on a team line up and only one person at a time can go to the devices and answer a question. Once a question has been answered, the next student goes to the devices and answers the next question. Watch this video to see how it in action!
Let's Play Bingo!
Create online bingo games on Bingo Baker! You can use the free version or for $14.95 for a lifetime, all of your games will be stored in your own account.
Here is an example Bingo Game to use with simple math problems:
Open bingobaker.com/play/109406 on your device.
Click Generate Card.
Click Ok, I Understand.
Click the Free space.
Click the answers to the problems as they are called out.
Shout Bingo if you win!
Hint - For problems that use mathematical symbols, create a PowerPoint with your problems. As you flip through the presentation, students can work out the problems on their paper and then find the answer on the Bingo Baker card.
Click here to access an Algebra II Review PowerPoint to be used in a Bingo game.
Socrative is an online student assessment tool that works on any Internet-connected device. The site includes the ability to administer a quiz, play a game or give an Exit Ticket.Go to socrative.com.
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Wait for the teacher to start the quiz!
To take a poll using Socrative:
- Login to your teacher account.
- Have students log in to your room.
- Select Quick Question.
- Select Short Answer.
- Type in your question and select options under Number of Responses Per Student and Student Name.
- Select Start.
- Click Start Vote and Confirm.
- Students then select their choice from all of the options that have been submitted by their classmates.
- Click Finish to access reports and charts.
Socrative also has an App for most devices!
edpuzzle allows you to import any instructional video into your account, trimming it to show only the portion you need. You can then embed questions to hold your students accountable during the video. Student progress is recorded for you to monitor or use as assessment grades.
Understanding the Desmos Features
Desmos provides an excellent list of classroom examples on their home screen and an extensive list of classroom activities.
Desmos Activities - Make sure you see the different tabs at the bottom of the embedded spreadsheet.3 Wonderfully Awesome @Desmos Activities
Flipgrid in Math
Flipgrid is a video response tool that is used to create discussions among all students within your classroom. Teachers post a topic or question via text or video and the students respond to the prompt. Flipgrid also gives students the ability to comment on their classmates' responses.
- All of your videos are located in one location
- Includes a Whiteboard Mode
- You can Freeze a Topic to continue sharing the videos but prevent new recordings
- Student comments can be turned on or off
Resources for using Flipgrid:
Multiple Subject Areas - example of students using Flipgrid in multiple subject areas.
The Disco Library includes Flipgrid Topics that have been created and shared by teachers. You can search by Audience (grade level), Subject or Topic. Click here for a link to all of the Math Topics.
Show your work by flipping on the new Whiteboard Mode with Live Inking
Watch this video to see how it works in math class!
Create a QR Code
Create a QR Code that links to your Grid or Topic! Click the Share option and choose QR Code.
Tips for the Camera Shy
Do you have students who do not want to be on camera? Try these tips to help them out.
A Flipgrid Fliphunt is an engaging way to get your students moving and having fun while exploring the curriculum. It is basically a video-based scavenger hunt using Flipgrid. Follow the creator of Fliphunts, Kathi Kersznowski - @kerszi.
- You can find Fliphunts by subject area at this community crowdsourced grid.
- Also, search the Disco Library (at the top of your Flipgrid page) for Fliphunts!
Examples and Ideas:
- Geometry Fliphunt
- Skeletal System Fliphunt
- Geometric Scavenger Hunt
- Parent-Teacher Conference
- Student Conference
Let's go on a Math Fliphunt!
Work with a partner or two.
- Open flipgrid.com/mathactivities. If you are on a mobile device, you will need the app. The code for the app is mathactivities.
- It may ask you to login with your Google or Microsoft credentials.
- Click on the white bar under the banner to see all of the topics.
- Select a topic, click the green plus sign and record your response to the topic.
- Have fun!
Would You Rather?
The Math Keyboard App
Google and Chrome Resources
10 of the Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers
PhET Simulations are also offered as an IOS or Android app.
Padlet is a virtual wall/bulletin board that allows students to create a sticky note to express their thoughts on a common topic. Padlet allows us to post text, links, images, and a wide variety of files including video.
Note: Padlet recently began charging $99 a year for unlimited Walls. The free account allows new users to have free accounts. If you already have Walls in your account, you may add 3 more Walls for free.
New from Padlet:
Padlet has added 2 new formats:
- Shelf - Posts can be sorted into a series of labeled columns
- Canvas - Move posts around free-form style
- Collaborate and assess with Reactions. Grade, star, upvote, or like posts - a simple way to give quantitative feedback. Read more about Reactions here.
- You can now highlight text in your posts.
- Categorize posts with Colors. Customize your posts one of five colors. Learn more about Colors here.
- Seamlessly link your pages to an LMS. Learn more here.
- Video Recording on a Padlet
- Snap feature - allows you to take photos and selfies from within Padlet and post them to your pages
- iPhone and iPad app users: Padlet just launched a new, experimental feature called Catscan. You can take a picture of a wall with post-it notes and Catscan will create a Padlet with those notes on it.
Periodically, teachers can request a kit that includes:
40 Hot Wheels® die-cast cars
- 16 orange loops
- 16 track clamps
- 64 track connectors
- 100+ feet of orange track
Apps for Math
Ninja Chicken - Tiny Chicken learns Prime Numbers - Great way to learn Prime Numbers
10 Apps for Math Fluency
CyberChase Shape Quest - great geometry app for young learners
My Script Calculator ($2.99) - write a problem on your device and the app will solve it
Chicken Coop Fractions - fun game for practicing fractions
iMovie - create your own tutorials or have students create movies
Educreations - students & teachers can create lessons or reviews
Sock Puppets (free + in-app purchases) - students can have puppets explain how to work a problem
Photo Math - use the camera on your device to scan a problem and the app will work it out
ShowMe - Interactive Whiteboard
Komodo Math - ages 5-11
Calculus Resources - resources for calculus
Statistics Resources - resources for statistics
The Extensive List of Math Resources - large collection of math resources
Master Math Mentor - math resources
Teachology - tons of math resources
Math Live - animated math Lessons
Print Your Own Graph Paper - different types to choose from
Print Free Graph Paper - you select the size and type
Embedded Math - print graph paper, grids, etc.
MTBos (Math Twitter Blogosphere) is a website of math teachers who blog and tweet. The site also includes a search engine for math activities, assessment ideas and much more!
Try searching Twitter for #MTBoS for their latest tweets!Mathalicious - Free and paid online lessons for middle & high school
Math Bits - challenging and fun lessons & activities for secondary & college
Math Munch - games, videos & art projects
Estimation 180 - daily estimation challenges for upper elementary & middle school students
Sheppard Software - online games
Math is Fun - resources for grades 1-8
MathTrain TV - Student created video tutorials
Math TV - Math videos
Mrs. Agriesti's Math Pages - timed math drills
101 Questions - Images to use for discussion or writing (use with discretion)
Problem-Attic - 100,000 of the questions; great test generator
Virtual Manipulatives by Glencoe - grades PreK-8
Build with Legos - build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as the base
Teach Ratio with LEGO Bricks! - includes downloadable lesson
Math Representations - a Pearltree of math representations for EC - 5
Happy Numbers - elementary lessons that work on most Internet-enabled devices
Math Playground - Math games, logic puzzles, step-by-step instructional videos, etc.
Illuminations - Math resources by NCTM
Cool Math - includes 3 websites of math resources and games
A+ Click Math and Logic Problems - all grade levels
8 Digital Graphing Tools That Top the Charts - graphing calculators apps and websites
Mathies Learning Tools - K-12 Math Tools
Wowsers - Deliver assessments, personalize lesson plans and engage students with game-based learning
Mathematics Assessment Project - Formative and summative assessment tools for math
Math Antics - Simple and engaging math resources that make learning math more fun for students; free and paid options
Mathway - Tools to understand and solve math problems
Escape the Dungeon! A BreakoutEdu Digital on Area of Shapes - by Megan Kelly
Symbolab - Step-by-step math calculator
Math Visuals - Short animations that provide concrete visualization of tricky math concepts
Math Links - Collection of math links by Eric Curts of ControlAltAchieve.com
Count It All Joy - Middle School math blog with tons of resources
Technology-Infused Math Lessons & Activities
Scale City - Interactive simulations about scale/proportional reasoning for grades 6-8
Google Form of Activities - collected from teachers at a math conference
Google Form of Activities - check the tabs at the bottom for middle school
892 Quiz Math Activities - by Alice Keeler