Computer Software and Apps

Mobile Apps Guides and Lists

Apple Educational Apps for Kids
Search these sections to find educational apps in: math, language arts, language development, history and geography, science, arts, reference, and accessibility.

Apps for Children with Special Needs
Comprehensive site for information, featured companies, search categories, reviews, and videos on how to use apps.

Best Kids Apps

Best Kids Educational Apps

Capable Kids Clubhouse – Complete Guide to Special Needs/Educational Apps
Has Apps nicely organized by categories such as: auditory memory, auditory processing, behavior management, communication devices, executive functioning, music, sensory processing, and many more categories.

Capable Kids Clubhouse
iPAD Apps for Kids with Special Needs
A downloadable list organized by subject categories of math, reading, writing, communication skills, music, art, games, accessibility, and organization skills.

Open Culture’s Top Educational i-Phone/i-Pad Apps
Lists free educational apps (more suited for older children, teens and adults) which offer mostly reference, museum, science, and languages resources.

Parenting – 30+ I-phone Apps for Kids
List and reviews of 30+ links to more apps lists.

TCEA Recommended i-Pad Apps – Educational
View about 1,000  i-Pad apps (some free) – all listed in a spreadsheet format by age level, subject, or item, including all math and science topics, writing tools, special needs, and other categories.  Just scroll up and down or back and forth to find your section.

iPad Apps for Math, Algebra, and Geometry

I have used most of these apps with my students; they all use highly visual and developmentally sound methods for teaching concepts and number theory, rather than just a test of facts or skills.

Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
(click on the titles for website link)

“Doman Number Dot Cards”  - a training program for infants, toddlers and other learners, who work by to recognize distinct patterns of dots to identify numbers far beyond 1-10.

“Braining Camp”

Order of Operations

Number Rods – Use virtual Cuisenaire Rods to learn basic math skills in addition and subtraction by comparing and sequencing.

Pattern Blocks

Pattern Blocks – play with these virtual blocks to learn early concepts in patterning, fractions, and geometry.
Great collection below of easy to use beginning or adapted  activities (free) and inexpensive i-phone/i-pad applications. Yes, the title is in German but you should be able to easily understand this intuitive program.

(Rechentablet) Math Tablettap to add virtual discs and then move them between two sides to learn number concepts and addition and subtraction facts.

Finger Numbers – the user views images of fingers or numerals and then presses their own fingers on the iPad to match the same amount, in this developmentally sound approach to early number concepts.

Twenty Frame – Add or subtract within the two ten frames, with highly visual support, up to 20.

100’s Frame – Use this touch and tap 100 board to learn patterns of adding and subtracting with units and tens.

 Numerate   Offers 4 different activities with simple design for young learners; just tap objects to count, add, or subtract numbers (20 and under.)  Use with ‘helper’ mode or on their own.

“Classroom-Focused Software” 10 Frame Fill
Classic visual method with frames to enforce the understanding of number pairs that make 10 and adding to and subtracting from 10.


“Activities for Learning: Al Abacus”
Based on the home program “Right Start Mathematics” users can manipulative the virtual abacus to see patterns in counting, number, place value and to calculate for all operations. 

Motion Math Zoom - decimals number line

“Motion Math Zoom”zoom right or left along a friendly numberline to find the right spot for the floating number, with immediate feedback.

“Tap to Learn: Measure Time and Length” – use the touch screen to measure length of images or use the interactive clock to make a time, tell the correct time on the clock, or set to the correct time that is given.

“K12 Counting Bills and Coins” – Work through various levels with images of real money and coins to find or make correct amounts or to give change.

“Hands on Math:”

Base Ten BlocksWork with virtual manipulatives to build concepts of place value, addition and subtraction (with regrouping) through representations of numbers and their operations with units, tens, and hundreds blocks.  Also offers other virtual manipulatives for basic concepts and skills, with these apps:
Color Tiles
Attribute Blocks
Numbers Sense
Number Balance
Hundreds  Chart
Graph Cubes

“Math Adventures:”
Numberfind – Play this game as a way to visualize and understand number patterns of the 100 chart.
Bricks for Kids – find pairs of numbers

“Experience Math” Using visual representations and animations for each topic, with very little need to understand language, users can find answers with this graduated training for each operation or concept.

Fractions and Decimals 

Fraction Line
This offers a quick, easy way to compare fractions, decimals and percents visually, using color coding to reinforce the location and function of both the numerator and denominator.

“Braining Camp” Math
 Use their visual approach to understanding pre-algebra topics, through their interactive tutorials, virtual manipulatives, and practice activities, with the following apps:
Area of Rectangles,
  Area of Parallelograms
, Area of Triangles
, Fractions (addition, subtraction, and multiplication)
 Dividing Fractions
,  & Order of Operations

“Galaxy of Education Math Galaxy Whole Numbers Fundamentals” – Comprehensive Math instruction, modeling, and practice with basic operations, place value, patterns and sequences, word problems, and other topics such as time, money, pictographs, and more, all with visual representations for every concept.

“National Council of Teachers of Mathematics” Equivalent Fractions – Interactive manipulative for making 3 different equivalent fractions with views of each fraction as a square with shaded parts, as well as a numberline which shows the place of each fraction.

“Braining Camp” Math – Use their visual approach to understanding pre-algebra topics, through their interactive tutorials, virtual manipulatives, and practice activities, with the following apps.
Area of Rectangles
Area of Parallelograms
Area of Triangles
Fractions (addition, subtraction, and multiplication)
Dividing Fractions
Order of Operations


Interactive IntegersUse a numberline or number tiles for negative and positive numbers and then calculate addition problems by cancelling out the tiles or by moving along the numberline.

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Hands-On Equations Builds concepts for algebraic thinking that even younger learners can understand through their interactive lessons and building of equations, by using a balanced scale and tokens to represent numbers and variables.

Center for Algebraic Thinking: “Cover Up”
Choosing from different levels of difficulty, the player will see the equation with variable x and then a portion of the equation is covered so it encourages thinking about which operation and what amounts must be entered to make the equation balanced.

“Braining Camp Algebra” -  Offers interactive tutorials, virtual manipulatives, and practice activities for each topic below:
Order of Operations
Solving Equations
Simplifying Equations 

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“Algebra Explained”Videos and practice in Algebra concepts.  Sample includes “Exponents” and “Order of Operations” dramatized video explanations, practice, and “study cards” with definitions.  Each basic area of algebra is offered for an additional fee.

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Geometers Sketchpad “Sketch Explorer” – explore with virtual manipulatives for Algebra and Geometry that allow the student to discover patterns by doing manipulations related to  transformations, decimals and estimation, fractions, common multiples chart, geometric constructions, ellipses, and dynagraphs.

Software Recommendation Lists

Discovery Education – Parents Guide to Best Educational Software
Comprehensive lists with extensive reviews of 9 areas (skills, technical, educational value, etc.) as well as an overall ranking.

Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page on Software Favorites
Lots of suggestions of current software programs (educational, game, skills, and fun) as well as older software favorites.

Learning Village

Parents Choice Awards
Go this site, then click on software to see current winners OR use the ‘Product Finder’ to the left and click on ‘Find Products’ and then scroll down to ‘software’ below and click and then scroll way down to ‘Previous Winners’ to view all yearly winners.
OR Click here to search Parents Choice for Software

Offers lists of best software by these parenting groups:
ALA Great Interactive Software for Kids, Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice, Parents Magazine Best Video Games, Parents’ Choice Awards, and others

Comprehensive list of software, by subject, for all ages.


Phonemics Listening Computer Program for Speech, Auditory Processing and Reading. Earobics computer program systematically teaches the critical phonological awareness, listening, and introductory phonics skills required for learning to hear, read and spell words.  Check site for info and sample.

Math Manipulatives: Kidspiration Fraction Boxes Represent Fractions Visually and Model Processes and Operations.

Inspiration and Kidspiration Learning Software
Computer program that helps children and adults organize, compose, and refine pieces using graphic organizers.

Broderbund /The Learning Company
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Oregon Trail
Reader Rabbit
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Zoombinis Island Odyssey & Zoombinis Mountain Rescue,1383731&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Highly rated math and logic games.