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Five apps for boosting middle school math skills (continued)


Questimate!

questimate-3-the-answer-is1Grade range: 4-7

What is it? Estimation becomes a fabulous math game.

Pros: Exposes kids to estimation in fun ways, with concrete math explanation.

Cons: Number ranges aren’t limited at first, so it’s easy for answers to be way off.

Bottom line: A great-looking, fully engaging math experience, from question to answer.

Full review: http://www.graphite.org/app/questimate

 

Algebra Touch

algebratouchGrade range: 4-7

What is it? A nice twist to learn equation steps, not answers.

Pros: Students get encouraging words at each step.

Cons: You can’t track how students are progressing, or if they’re progressing at all.

Bottom line: Algebra Touch breaks equations down into steps and describes them with such basic language that math-challenged students should improve.

Full review: http://www.graphite.org/app/algebra-touch

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