App of the Week: A small group math experience


Innovative combo of live small-group instruction and solid online math lessons.

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Zearn is an online math curriculum for grades 1 through 5, with supplemental skills practice activities for kindergartners. Students open up to a dashboard with tasks to be completed, which include a variety of fluency warm-ups that promote general number sense and lesson-specific skills, as well as guided practice with interactive video lessons that feature enthusiastic human teachers and school-age children (“The Zearn Squad”). Students will also find an independent practice and formative assessment activity rolled into one (called the Tower of Power) and a summative exit ticket.

Price: Free, paid for extra

Grades: K-5

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Thorough scaffolding and reinforcement of learned skills, it’s a great resource for live instruction and tons of useful data.

Cons: Could use more open-ended multiple-solution problems; practice is light on conceptual reasoning.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for the perfect balance of online lessons and in-person support, at home or in school, look no further.

Meris Stansbury

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