Find more Operations apps suggested by our growing community of teachers and parents.
About the Apps
It’s not exactly a newsflash to say that the iPad is rendering old-school flashcards obsolete. Yet out of the hundreds of apps designed to teach elementary school students the basics in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, there are only a precious few that are worth downloading.
MathBoard is our favorite app for teaching elementary school numeracy and arithmetic. The no-nonsense application mimics a classroom setting by displaying quizzes, tables and tutorials on a virtual chalkboard. While there are plenty of apps that have attempted to mimic a classroom blackboard, none have nailed it to the degree Mathboard has. The user interface is clean, fresh and natural. There is more than enough to do, meaning kids won't get bored. Most other apps in this category are less comprehensive.
We also like Math Doodles for its beautifully illustrated games and appeal to students who grasp mathematical concepts through images as much as numbers. Numerosity: Play with Addition! has the best soundtrack amongst the group, and includes a furry little friend named Skruff.
Older kids looking for more of a computational adventure will dig Operation Math, which has players assume the role of a James Bond-like secret agent who is tasked with solving a series of math problems to save the world. Before embarking on any middle school adventures, make sure your kid taps into the iTooch series of math applications. The iTooch Grade 5 Math app alone includes nearly 5,000 exercises based on U.S. National Common Core Standards.
Comments & Suggestions Have a suggestion for an educational app for this category you think we should feature? Let us know.
How are apps scored?
Apps are scored using a proprietary evaluation rubric to judge Educational Content, Kid Appeal, Assessment, Features and Design, Value, and Safety and Privacy.