10 Cool math app games that teachers and kids love

Math apps save the day. Seriously. While parents worry about too much screen time and other possible cyber problems their kids may run into on their phones and tablets the upside of these gadgets kids use are math apps.

There are tons of benefits to be had by tech savvy kids who can navigate through the muck to uncover the gems of the digital frontier.  Not sure where to start? Next time your youngster is in need of some screen-based stimulation, consider these educational and fun math apps for kids.

Teachers and parents alike are now using following math apps for kids to help their students acquire mathematical skills easily while having fun with numbers:

1. Prodigy Game – math app

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Fun with math – Prodigy Game is a go to favorite

Meant for students of grades 1-8, Prodigy Game is available for free on iOS, Android and web platforms. Teachers love this game-based learning program because it allows them to use games in classroom and for homework assessment projects and make learning a fun activity.

The app offers built-in diagnostic test which generates real-time reports on students’ progress and helps teachers identify their strengths and weaknesses.

2. Math Training for Kids – math app

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A classic Android math app

Meant for students of ages 3 and up, Math Training for Kids is an Android-based app helps students to pick up four basic concepts of Math – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – quite easily. You will find tons of interesting exercises and games to give kids much needed practice.

3. CK12 – math app

Not just Math - a whole bunch of great educational material
Not just Math – a whole bunch of great educational material can be found here at CK-12

A free app, available on Android, iPhone or iPad, Windows 8 or 10 and web platforms, CK-12 pairs high-quality content with latest technology. The interactive learning activities it offers include adaptive practice, PLIX, and simulations.

High School students would love its BrainGenie section while those who specifically want to develop their Algebra Proficiency and Higher Mathematics skills should delve into its FlexMath section.

Teachers love the app because it is easily accessible anytime, anywhere; and include workbooks, quizzes and tests too.

4. Colorado’s PhET – math app

This is a treasure trove of math goodness
This is a treasure trove of math goodness

Colorado’s University PhET simulations project is quite popular as a classroom tool in progressive Maths and Science teachers. The animated illustrations can easily be incorporated into lectures as well as homework assignments to help students understand certain concepts easily.

While PhET app is available for $0.99 for Android and iPhone/iPad users, K-12 students can access its PhET simulations online External link  for free to study mathematical concepts like Projectile Motion, Calculus Grapher, and Arithmetic.

5. Photomath – point and shoot math app

Take a picture of your math problems and the app helps you solve them
Take a picture of your math problems and the app helps you solve them

Available for free on both Android and iOS platforms, Photomath allows you to snap a picture of the math problem and get its step-by-step solution! From basic arithmetic to fractions to trigonometry to linear and quadratic equations, it can help you with a lot of Math problems quite easily.

While a good teacher will certainly never allow you to use this app in a classroom, teachers do recommend it as a study support too that students can use at home.

6. Khan Academy – math app and more

The wrath of Khan? Nope - actually a leader in online education for kids
The wrath of Khan? Nope – actually a leader in online education for kids

Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, uploaded videos on Algebra on YouTube with a purpose to provide remote tutoring to his cousin. The videos got more views than he expected and today Khan Academy offers free video lessons to all students through its apps and website.

One can learn anything here – from counting to calculus. There is a dashboard which allows students, parents, and teachers to track the progress of students too.

7. GeometryPad – math app

Geometry pad - great on tablets
Geometry pad – great on tablets

Free for Android and iOS, the app is loved by teachers for making the understanding of geometric concepts easier and ensures better student engagement in class. Teachers can also give assignments for home using it, in which students can practice taking measurements and using the compass, experiment with different geometric shapes, and create complex geometric sketches too.

8. BuzzMath – math app

Buzz math - Anytime Anywhere
Buzz math – Anytime Anywhere

Buzz math interactive math taken to the next level. Primarily a web-based app, it offers over 3,000 problems that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers love it because it is accessible from any device, offers a variety of input styles, allows students to try again and again, and of course, detailed reporting tools (in paid versions only).

9. Brainscape Flashcards

Available in iOS and Android
Available in iOS and Android

Available on both iOS and Android based platforms, Brainscape Flashcards is unique because it gathers inputs from a student and then, creates a study plan tailored to him or her.

Math tutors External link  love it for its flashcard function, which is quite useful when it comes to helping high school students learn their formulas. Flashcard repetitions in the app are timed according to the individual’s cognitive requirements and have been scientifically proven to help you learn better in half the time.

10. Komodo math

Designed by teachers for families, Komodo builds a solid foundation in maths for children aged 5 to 11. It works on all devices and doesn’t keep kids at the screen for long periods

Expertly designed interactive math practice and animated videos. Motivation built-in to keep learners on track. The app includes over 500 learning games and educational videos.

So that’s our recommended top 10 in an age when attention spans of students are  diminishing rapidly and gadgets play a major role in their lives. We hope that this list helps forward-thinking parents and teachers to find new ways to help their students learn better and keep them interested in their studies.

10 Best Kids podcasts for long summer road trips

It’s that time of year again and we have put together a list of the 10 best kids podcasts for this seasonal tradition – the road trip.

You’re going to need some serious in-car entertainment if your family is planning to drive to a destination over an hour away from your home. A lot of parents don’t exactly think of podcasts as kid-friendly entertainment however there there are a surprising amount of amazing family-friendly podcasts just waiting for the eager ears of your travelling clan.

Check out these kid-friendly podcasts as you explore the world with your gang this summer.

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

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The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

A Classic. Painting with words, The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd does an awesome job of animating Dr. Floyd’s wacky adventures. With over 300 episodes the show provides countless hours of entertainment. If your kid loves exploring mysterious world, travelling in spaceships, exploring  and solving mysteries this podcast will keep them quiet, at least for the 6 minute episode.

Life of Dad

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Life of Dad is not only for dads

This one is for all the dads out there, especially the ones with sons. Two dads chronicle their life of video games, diapers, comic books and trying to one up their kid’s moms. Life of Dad is a great show that gives a male perspective on parenting that is often left out.

StoryCub

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StoryCub – Video stories every day

StoryCub allows kids to watch video versions of the latest children’s books with or without their parent’s attention. With StoryCub, kids can hear stories read by real adults with, or without, pictures to boot. It’s great for long road trips when your toddler doesn’t understand that your hands cannot physically open their favorite book.

Brains On!

Kid's podcast that teaches about science
Brains on! Not just for kids.

This well-informed podcast answers questions to get your kid’s mind moving, like: What happens to your brain when you’re reading a book? Why is the ocean salty? How does a piano work?  Question-based topics by kids is the name of the game here and its great fun. The host interviews kids as they explain the answers to all life’s mysteries in a youthful way. Brains On! is available on just about every podcasting platform you can think of.

The Moth Podcast

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The whole family will enjoy these stories

The Moth Podcast brings stories from the world’s greatest storytellers into one common space. This podcast celebrates the diversity of the human experience. Podcast stories range from one man’s heartfelt experience on the traffic-hectic streets of LA to a KGB interrogation and one woman’s journey through extreme weather. If your older kids are up for hearing some otherworldly, life-transforming stories, this podcast is for you.

Stuff Schools Don’t Teach

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The Stuff Schools Don’t Teach

this podcast is a hidden gem. Teens, young adults, and mom and dad will be excited to listen to this podcast. Stuff Schools Don’t Teach gives teens and young adults a chance to catch up on life skills they weren’t taught during their school years or miss out on. From how to save and budget to how to get a mentor, and history’s unsung heroes.

Sesame Street

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

When all else fails, everyone loves Cookie Monster, Maria, and even the Grouch. Sesame Street brings it’s historically dynamic programming to podcast and video via their website and iTunes. You can listen and watch the Count count to 100 or have story time with Elmo right in your car.

One Bad Mother

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One awesome podcast from one bad mother

Get some laughs with the web’s resident bad moms with the One Bad Mother podcast. Laugh at the hilarious antics of these moms as they chuckle their way through the various stages, experiences, and emotions of motherhood.

The Moth Podcast

The moth podcast Safe Lagoon
The whole family will enjoy these stories

The Moth Podcast is dedicated to bringing stories from the world’s greatest storytellers into one common space. This podcast celebrates the diversity of the human experience. Podcast stories range from one man’s heartfelt experience on the traffic-hectic streets of LA to a KGB interrogation and one woman’s journey through extreme weather. If your older kids are up for hearing some otherworldly, life-transforming stories, this podcast is for you.

Wow in the World

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Dad’s don’t need to know everything anymore

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting schooled by NPR’s first podcast for kids. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz take listeners through a weekly conversation around the most incredible kid-friendly stories of the last 7 days. Each Wow in the World Podcast episode kicks off with a series of questions about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding, which are answered through comedy and debate. For example, “How long would it take to get to the closest star outside of our solar system?”  Congrats dads! You no longer need to know everything.

With all of these podcasts at your fingertips (ear tips?) and ready to be listened to, your next road trip should fly by and you have the kids asking you to circle the block once you have arrived so they can hear the end of the latest episode.

Safe Lagoon at the World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019

World Anti Bullying Forum
World Anti Bullying Forum 2019 in Dublin

Safe Lagoon Software is proud and excited to be a part of the  World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019 Dublin, Ireland on June 4-6th, 2019.

Some of the world’s most renowned anti-bullying researchers and practitioners will be attending, presenting and working at the conference, which is a going to be a great event for Dublin University.

The aim of this international and multidisciplinary forum is to broaden our understanding of bullying, harassment, discrimination, ostracism and other forms of degrading treatment and violence among children and youth. The forum will encourage this by sharing knowledge and exploring new perspectives and acknowledging that bullying and other forms of inhumane or degrading treatment have to be understood as a complex interplay between individual, interpersonal and contextual factors.

The forum invites perspectives from different disciplines and areas such as (but not limited to) psychology, social psychology, sociology, social anthropology, education, gender studies, social work, health sciences, childhood studies, political science, philosophy, and criminology. The intention of the forum is to create multidisciplinary and cross-level dialogues, panels and meetings to improve the understanding of bullying and the work to stop and prevent it. The forum in 2019 will also emphasize the importance of cross-cultural and cross-national dialogues and sharing of knowledge and experiences to reach an even more thorough understanding of the complexity of bullying.

Aside from academic contributions, several industry and organisational sessions by the likes of Facebook, Vodafone, Webwise, Bulldog Solutions, McAfee, and UNESCO will also deliver their input into how they tackle bullying and promote online safety within their industries.

In terms of specific topics, there will be a wide range of research areas presented including: school bullying, cyberbullying, sexting, peer and sibling bullying, bystanders, interventions, harassment, policy evaluation, among many others. See the full conference programme here for more detail on the specific talks and presentations.