Using Tech to Ease Math Center Prep

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Thanks to apps and websites, I’ve stopped spending hours of preparation and lots of money on creating math centers for my students. Instead, I used several math apps and websites to support student practice.

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I run a guided math set up currently in my second grade classroom and plan to do something similar in my new fifth grade classroom next year. Students rotate through Meet with the Teacher, Practice, Problem Solving / Fact Fluency, and Review with Tech.

Often, the practice was paper and pencil this year. But, I also used www.classkick.com and app.Seesaw.me sometimes for practice. I love classkick because I can see at a quick glance where students are and if anyone needs help.

Stuents glued the problem of the day in their problem solving journals, solved the problem and then took a picture to submit on Seesaw. This way I can grade quickly online. Then, they worked on Fact Fluency using either xtramath.org or the fact fluency component of www.frontrowed.com. I prefer xtramath because I can see progress easily, but students like to have choice. Front Row will give reports if you have the school version.

Finally, in review with tech, students can choose one of many adaptive math programs. When I have the ability to assign or students have the abilty to choose a domain, I assign or tell students the domain to choose. Again, Front Row has a great site that you can access completely for free, but any reports or the ability to assign come with the paid version. Students are able to choose the domain they work in though. There is an app, but it does cost, so I just use a QR code for my students to scan and access.

Prodigy Math Game is super motivating for students. I usually have students do front row first because I feel like they get more math, but prodigy is much more motivating and does give reports, at this point in time at least. My second graders have figured out how to add others to our class group login and get noisy collaborating with classmates about what world they’re in so they can battle each other.

SumDog is another game based math practice platform.  This one is best using the app or a computer with flash. The free version is limited but my students enjoyed it fine enough. We competed in a competition that the company occassionally has and were the winning school. Our prize was to get the full version for free for one year. My students loved that they won and have really loved playing the full version. The full subscription requires the SumDog 3D app, which is also free but only full subscribers will have acess to most of the games in the 3D version. The games aren’t really 3D and don’t require any special eye wear.

Additionally, any coding apps or sites would be a great thing to add to your math. A great fast finisher option or an additional rotation. I have mostly used code.org, but I know many more have popped up and are wonderful.

There are many other math websites and apps and you can use whatever you have access to or that work best for you. These just happen to be the ones I have had the most success with in my district and with my devices. We’d love to know in your comments below what sites and apps you use. I’m always looking for new ideas.

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