More and more educators have been utilizing interactive applications in their classrooms. Proponents of educational technology believe that these tools enhance the students’ learning experience, especially for subjects like math, which most people find difficult and boring. But is it possible for students to learn math through apps? If so, how do these apps help them learn?
Benefits of Using Math Game Applications
Research shows that playing math games through applications can help develop students’ reasoning, problem-solving skills, and spatial sense, using an approach that is different from traditional teaching methods.
Students were found to be more motivated when learning involves playing math games. Just like other games, math apps have certain levels that can be attained by solving different math-related problems. Having these specific objectives helps push the students to work on the problems. Because good math apps are interactive and graphic, students are learning without their knowing it. When they find the learning experience fun, they can understand and absorb knowledge better.
Enhances problem-solving skills
Math apps provide a tool for students to explore different ways of solving problems, rather than focusing on just the right answers. Math games allow them to redo the problems that they find difficult until they figure out how to solve them. This encourages them to use reasoning and to discover strategies that would work for them.
Math is difficult to understand because most mathematical concepts are taught in an abstract way. By playing math games, students can apply those concepts in a real world context. This helps them understand better the importance of the mathematical skills and concepts.
Encourages peer discussion
Through using math apps and games, students are motivated to discuss and share strategies with their peers. This does not only enhance the student’s performance, but it also encourages the exchange of ideas, which could help broaden each student’s knowledge.
Finding the Right Math App
Depending on the students’ age and grade level, mastery of certain skills is expected from them. In addition to that, individuals learn differently, some being visual learners and some more imaginative than others. By knowing the students’ target skills and the learning process that works best for them, you can find the appropriate math app that can truly help them learn the skill and understand the mathematical concepts.
Apps for basic math skills
These are math apps that focus on building mathematical foundations like the number concept and the four basic operations. Through drills, students can practice the skills until they master them.
Apps involving puzzles
Solving math puzzles requires a combination of different math skills and knowledge. It can improve analytical skills and reasoning, as the student figures out the solution to the puzzle. You may choose the difficulty, depending on the student’s age.
Apps with stories
Finally, these apps use storylines with fantasy characters in teaching numbers and math skills. Sometimes, students need to help the hero save the princess by answering some mathematical problems. They are perfect for students who dislike math and numbers.
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