February 21, 2013 | Posted At: 09:38 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
TI takes its calculator technology to the iPad
with the TI-Nspire and CAS apps. The software emulates the layout and button
sequences of the TI-Nspire and CAS calculators but uses the iPad’s entire
display and touch keyboard to do everything from simple addition to graphing
quadratics and solving higher order equations. It’s aimed at 7-th through 12-th
graders, comes with several built in lessons and costs $30 per app. It works only
with second and third generation iPads and like all iPads the TI app can’t be
used during most standardized tests.

Teachers get a free 1-year license of TI’s
education software with the purchase of the iPad app, but it can be a tough
system to teach and use without some training. Enter Wiley’s TI-Nspire App for
the iPad for Dummies booklet, which is a downloadable freebee. Just get the
Acrobat file and you’ll be ready for letting your fingers do the calculating.
For things more involved and specialized you can watch how-to videos on Atomic
Learning or use the online version of the Dummies book for the old-school
calculator.

December 13, 2012 | Posted At: 07:33 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
The latest
import from Japan is Straight Ace a math program that has 150 sections to help
middle-school students the common core curriculum. Each section has a lesson –
on everything from addition to word problems – as well as 10 sample problems to
test mastery. The best part is that it works on iPhones, iPads and Android
systems so it can be used during downtime. A subscription costs $6.25 per month
with an annual plan.

November 16, 2012 | Posted At: 07:20 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
There’s
a new math game in town for middle school kids. MyMathUniverse now has Funbrain
games for reinforcing vital math concepts. The games include Math Soccer,
Inkster and Moon Rocks and you can choose the grade level for maximum impact.

October 5, 2012 | Posted At: 08:24 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
Just say the word “Calculus” and kids either go into shock or run away
screaming thinking that the work is beyond them. Shmoop has a new Calculus
Guide that can reduce the anxiety and help them to understand the how to use
derivatives and integrals. The approach is through real world examples,
exercises and loads of practice problems. There are eight sections, each with
quizzes and a lots of graphs to help visualize what the numbers and functions
mean. Each section costs $6.28, but schools can license the program at a
discount.

September 13, 2012 | Posted At: 06:53 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
They can’t compare with my 1980s vintage HP 11c calculator, but today’s
best bargain is HP’s 12c and 15c calculator apps by simulating the look feel,
and – most importantly – the math abilities of the real thing. The 12c app matches
a vintage 12c Platinum key for key and can figure out a variety of business
functions, like Time Value of Money, cash flow and Net Present Value. By
contrast, the 15c app has a scientific bent and can work with matrix math as
well as deal the complex functions and numerically integrate equations. It is
programmable with up to 448 lines of code. If they are purchased by September
17, the 12c costs $5 and the 15c goes for $6.

August 7, 2012 | Posted At: 09:57 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
If you’re looking for new worksheets to reinforce the math concepts that are taught every day, School House Technologies Math Resource Studio 4 can help. The program has a nearly endless variety of practice problems that are categorized into 70 separate subject areas from algebra to telling time. The program only works with Windows computers and costs $59 a copy or as little as 38 cents per student in a large school. There’s an evaluation version to try it out.

July 10, 2012 | Posted At: 06:31 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
By mixing challenging games with instruction, Voyager’s VMathLive can help get the most out of students in grades 2 through 8. The program not only paces kids with appropriate problems but gets a print-put origami animal to fold together at the end of a section.

July 3, 2012 | Posted At: 06:39 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars per student on math textbooks when they can be reworked as iPad apps and cost a lot less. Pearson’s Algebra and Geometry titles are now available in iBooks 2 format, which can save a bundle for districts while adding attention-grabbing interactive elements to their classic texts. The iBooks versions of Pearson’s textbooks are available for $15.

February 16, 2012 | Posted At: 08:00 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
The lack of basic math skills has kept thousands of intelligent and worthy kids out of college, but Alleyoop intends to remedy that with three remedial online math courses. The classes include video instruction, lots of practice problems and tutoring sessions. There are classes to master PreAlgebra, Alegra I and Algebra II, with it costing from $29 to $59 a month or a one-time payment of $99.

February 14, 2012 | Posted At: 07:56 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category:

Software-Math
What are the biggest mistakes that kids (and often teachers) make with algebra? PCI Education’s Algebra City text and assessment program targets the 28 most common algebraic *faux pas* to bring students up to proficiency. The hope is that by showing where students go wrong in a comic book format, teachers can pull them back on the mathematical straight and narrow.