Monday, December 14, 2009

AlgebraPrep Apps for the iPhone® and iPod touch™ Your 24/7 Algebra Tutor—Anytime, Anywhere! REALLY?

Some one once told me a long time ago that in the future most math instruction would be done via handhelds. With the proliferation of graphing calculators a part of that reality has been with us for some time and these calculation wizards continue to dominate the handheld math hardware/software market. The downside is that they are hard to use and don't take advantage of the full power of technology particularly the Internet and Web 2.0. But times they are a changing. I don't know if you've noticed but the killer hardware of this decade - the iPhone and iPod Touch now have apps that help kids learn math. There's even a free graphing calculator app that you can download.
Publishers have also taken notice. As part of my Codie Judge duties I just received access to Pearson's entry into the app world for math AlgebraPrep which is up for a Codie award this year. I'm looking forward to reviewing it.
In the meantime you can check out some of the apps that are now available. I did a simple Google search and came up with mostly links to test prep, drill and practice, and puzzle/game types. I'll do a little more research and and share about some apps that I find interesting and useful in my next blog entry.