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My Favorite Apps & Websites for Virtual Manipulatives

Come read about some of my favorite apps and websites for virtual manipulatives. There are free digital tools for iPads, Chromebook and computer users available in this post.


This past week I posted about one of my all time favorite iPad apps for math manipulatives, SchoolKit Math, on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. It is such a great app to have on student iPads, especially when you don't have access to certain manipulatives to help teach or reinforce math concepts. Students have the ability to take screenshots of their manipulatives that they have arranged and appsmash with other apps to create all kinds of special projects as well as add to their digital math notebooks. Plus, it is totally FREE (no ads!) and very reliable. I've blogged about this app before here, here and here. You can read all about this virtual manipulatives app in the description of my Instagram post below.




Who uses the Schoolkit Math app? It is one of my FAVORITE iPad apps for K-5 math! It has been around for years and is still a free download (no ads!). It is jam packed with all kinds of digital manipulatives to help students with mathematical concepts. This app is nice to use when you don’t have access to certain hands-on manipulatives. 🔢 A digital Thinking Journal is available for students to use to explain their thought process using screenshots from the app or other photos from the camera roll (see pic on right) 🔢 I’ve also had students app smash Schoolkit Math with other apps. We have made clock face screenshots come alive and talk in ChatterKid. We have used Schoolkit Math screenshots as green screen backgrounds in @doinkapps for students to teach a math concept using the visual they created. We have even created math story books in @bookcreatorapp using Schoolkit tools as the illustrations. Lots of options! 🔢 Some of the manipulatives you will find include: 1. Number line 2. Hundreds Chart 3. Tens Frame 4. Multiplication Arrays 5. Money 6. Math Challenge 7. Fraction Kit 8. Number Houses 9. Tether Math 10. Number Tiles 11. Multiplication Table 12. Dot Grid 13. Bar Graph 14. Shapes 15. Ruler 16. Algebra Tiles 17. Clock 18. Counters 19. Times Place Practice #ipaded #apps #iteachmath
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Several people reached out to ask if SchoolKit worked on Chromebooks. Unfortunately it does not (only for iOS on iPad); however, I wrote the following blog post just for Chromebook and computer users that compiles a bunch of different tools for virtual manipulatives:

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In the post above I mention Math Learning Center's web apps and Chrome extensions for Chromebook and computer users. These same virtual manipulatives are also available for iOS and are fantastic-all FREE!.

Come read about some of my favorite apps and websites for virtual manipulatives. There are free digital tools for iPads, Chromebook and computer users available in this post.
What virtual manipulatives do you like to use with students? Leave a comment below!

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