Windows 8 Apps for the Mathematics Classroom

Using technology in the Mathematics classroom is easier when you use Windows 8 apps. Over the last couple of months The Microsoft Education Australia Team has been sharing Windows apps that we feel create strong learning activities in 21st Century classrooms. This post brings you 10 apps for the Mathematics classroom, study and work at home.

1. GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use application. This application has recently been released in Windows 8 Metro App format. Ray Flemming, resident educational technology Guru wrote a great post on using GeoGebra in your classroom. You can find it here.

2. OneNote – When you use a Windows 8 device there are two options for using OneNote. The first is the OneNote App. This is a slim version of the full version but still has so many great features for learners to take full advantage of. The full Office 2013 version of OneNote is a fantastic piece of software that offers a no compromise solution for all students. With the full version, students can sync notebooks between a group of users including teachers, import files, and create audio and video recordings to give feedback. On a pen touch enabled tablet you can create your own Khan Academy style videos using OneNote and the freely available Community Clips. The video below gives great examples of Microsoft Maths and the use of OneNote and Community Clips to ask students to show their understanding of mathematical working. Here is a great learning activity that uses OneNote for a collaborative statistics program in the Maths Classroom. For OneNote support guides, check out the Office OneNote 2013 home site.

3. The Khan Academy has become a great source of tutorials and activity to support many subjects in schools. Students can make use of their extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer that has internet access. The Khan Academy Windows 8 App makes using this tool even easier.

4. Record Voice & Pen is an app for creating video’s for lessons, instructions, presentations or any type of screencasting. It records your voice and the drawing with your pen or finger at the same time. You can annotate pictures while explaining, and share it as videos (mp4 files) by mail, upload to YouTube or Facebook, or use it in presentations and classrooms. It can be used in the Maths classroom to create tutorial videos, give feedback to peers or students. A great way to encourage peer-to-peer feedback. Here is a great tips and tricks blog post for Record Voice & Pen.

5. Algebra Touch gives a great kinesthetic approach to learning algebra. By using the touch screen on your device, this app turns the movement of algebra into a physical activity. Concepts are introduced without needing to worry about the numbers too much. A great, gentle introduction to, or revision activity for Algebra.

6. Calculator App gives a standard, scientific and converter calculator to all students. A standard app for all students. Using the split screen function, open your OneNote file and Calculator to work on through digital textbooks.

7. Skitch Touch is an app that helps you to write text on top of images. Read how Lucinda, a teacher from Sydney, uses Skitch with OneNote in her junior high school mathematics classroom at this blog post. Below is an example of her student’s work.

8. Blu Graphing Calculator is a graphing calculator that students can convert mathematical functions into graphs with multiple curves. There are many options to take advantage of – including the ability to hide curves, access two tracing modes, print or share work and so much more. Want to get even more physically involved? Using your touch screen combined with our ‘Scratch-On’ feature, you can draw shapes and write text directly onto the graph. And when you throw in the ease with which you can flick through your operation history, review past calculations and modify them where needed, the possibilities are almost endless. (from Win8 Review)

9. Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway is aligned to Grade 4 and 5 Common Core standards. This fun app is a modern version of the much loved ‘Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?’ from the 1980s. Math topics include geometry, fractions, and many more.

10. The Adaptive Curriculum series of digitalised textbooks are interactive, extensive and a great support for students learning mathematics. Topics include: Quadratic Functions and their graphs, Circumference and Arc Length, and Linearity Slope and Direct Variation. In the video below Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corporation, gives a hands on demonstration of the Circumference and Arc Length App from this series. he shows some great tips for using the split screen in Windows 8 to enhance learning experiences.

A final app for fun: Fractal Photography opens your eyes to the beauty of Mathematics. Use this app to support your fractal activities and discussions.

The Microsoft Education Australia Team has a Mathematics Apps Board on Pinterest  for you to explore many other apps to use in your Mathematics Classroom. For some apps for young learners, check out the PreSchool and Early Stage 1 board for some inspiration.

As you prepare for 2014, what Apps will you be trying in learning activities? Share with us below.

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Did you know that you can now purchase Windows Store Gift Cards? A great way to add apps to machines in your school.

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