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App of the Week: Solve math problems collaboratively

By Stephen Noonoo
October 5th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? CueThink introduces kids to the “thinklet”: a stepped-out solution to a math problem. Each thinklet guides students through four steps for solving problems — Understand, Plan, Solve, and Review. Kids can use in-app tools, including a highlighter and a scratch pad, as they work through each step of the process. In the Solve step, they can even create a video to show their solution. When kids finish a thinklet, they can share it with their teacher and their classmates, giving others a chance to see their solutions and provide feedback.

Price: Free/subscription

Grades: 4-12

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Kids can share ideas and collaborate while solving problems, which makes for a fully engaging and empowering learning experience.

Cons: The sample activities bank is still somewhat limited.

Bottom line: CueThink is an innovative, community-based platform that helps kids plan, strategize, and collaborate.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.