Technology Tips: High-Leverage iPad Apps for the Mathematics Classroom

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The use of iPads® in the classroom is growing. In the 2013–14 school year, 57 percent of schools planned to invest in iPads (Netop 2013). This investment can benefit mathematics classrooms only if teachers know which apps they can use to help students develop deeper mathematical understanding. Although learning about and developing facility with various apps is valuable for mathematics teachers, the process can be difficult, overwhelming, and time-consuming. To get started, we recommend one app, Dropbox, that can be used to share materials within the classroom setting, and then we suggest three free, easy-to-use mathematics apps: Sketchpad Explorer, Data Analysis, and MathGraph (see the table on p. 711).


Edited by Larry Ottman Germantown Friends School Philadelphia, PA

James Kett Singapore-American High School (retired) Singapore

Contributor Notes

Ayanna D. Perry,, and

Emily P. Thrasher,, are colleagues at North carolina state University in raleigh. they are interested in teachers' applications of technology to conceptual learning in mathematics classrooms.

Hollylynne S. Lee,, is a professor at North carolina state University. she is interested in the use of technology for the teaching and learning of mathematics.

(Corresponding author is Perry author is Thrasher author is Lee
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