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Mrs. Yenca's Must-Have Apps

This list includes apps we will use throughout the school year in our math classes. Stay tuned as the list expands. Suggested apps are always welcome!

NOTE Necessary paid apps will be provided for my students from our school district. Please don't purchase them yourself! :-)

Socrative Student

Engage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative.

Number Line

Number Line is an educational game app to help students learn about fractions, decimals, and percents by ordering equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents on a number line.


The Nearpod platform enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students' iPads, iPhones, iPods or Macs. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

Explain Everything ™

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool.

MathTerms Glossary

Download MathTerms and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


Help Okta reach the target (maximum, minimum, or a specific value) by choosing a path from the top of the maze to the bottom.


Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami.


Welcome to the Future of Images. Make your images come alive with private video, notes, or even music from YouTube.

MyScript Calculator - Handwriting calculator

With MyScript© Calculator, perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.


Book Creator Free

Book Creator Free

The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.


PhotoSpeak Free

PhotoSpeak Free

PhotoSpeak™ can transform any portrait photo into a moving 3D avatar that repeats your every word.
(NOTE: Only download if it's free - it's not in our self-service)

Desmos Graphing Calculator

Explore math with Desmos! Plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate your graphs, and more -- all for free.

At Desmos, we imagine a world of universal math literacy and envision a world where math is accessible and enjoyable for all students. We believe the key is learning by doing.

To achieve this vision, we’ve started by building the next generation of the graphing calculator. Using our powerful and blazingly-fast math engine, the calculator can instantly plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series. Sliders make it a breeze to demonstrate function transformations. It's intuitive, beautiful math. And best of all: it's completely free.


Graphing: Plot polar, cartesian, or parametric graphs. There’s no limit to how many expressions you can graph at one time - and you don’t even need to enter expressions in y= form!

Sliders: Adjust values interactively to build intuition, or animate any parameter to visualize its effect on the graph

Tables: Input and plot data, or create an input-output table for any function

Statistics: Find best-fit lines, parabolas, and more.

Zooming: Scale the axes independently or at the same time with the pinch of two fingers, or edit the window size manually to get the perfect window.

Points of Interest: Touch a curve to show maximums, minimums, and points of intersection. Tap the gray points of interest to see their coordinates. Hold and drag along a curve to see the coordinates change under your finger.

Scientific Calculator: Just type in any equation you want to solve and Desmos will show you the answer. It can handle square roots, logs, absolute value, and more.

Inequalities: Plot cartesian and polar inequalities.

Offline: No internet access required.

Visit to learn more and to see the free online version of our calculator.




(Free) math assessment activities for students and teachers of all grade levels.

MathTappers: Equivalents

MathTappers: Equivalents challenges players to find groups of tiles (pairs or triples)
showing equivalent fractions, decimals and/or percents.


This math game is played against the superhero FactorMan! You earn points by choosing numbers between 1 and 100. If you choose 5, you get 5 points; if you choose 18, you get 18 points. But FactorMan gets the sum of all of the factors of the number you have chosen (except for the number itself).

Animator Free

The easiest flipbook and stop-motion app for iOS!

With the use of a little imagination, there are endless possibilities for making hilarious flipbooks!
Animator enables you to create animations of any kind and provides all the tools that you need to bring your imaginations to life!


Get the ESTIMATION GAME where YOU make the questions!


TapTapBlocks brings colorful building blocks to life in 3D.


MyScript MathPad

MyScript MathPad

Free Handwriting Recognition Equation Editor


CueThink is an iPad application that helps kids improve their math problem solving skills. With CueThink, students in grades 4-8 use a structured process to create and present their solutions. As they solve the problems, they work together in virtual groups, learning from their friends’ “aha moments” as well as their errors and missteps.




Crafted using a design-led approach, Kahoot! is a web-based mobile and tablet friendly platform. With a simple user experience, it creates a social, fun and game-like environment in the classroom.

Desmos Test Mode

This is a restricted, test-safe version of the Desmos Graphing Calculator. It was designed in partnership with Eanes Independent School District to be compatible with STAAR exams or any other state assessment. If you’d like to use the full Desmos Calculator, download the regular Desmos Graphing Calculator App (also free!)

Visit to learn more and to see the free online version of our calculator.

McGraw-Hill K-12 ConnectED Mobile

This app works with McGraw-Hill Education's ConnectED website and text resources.

You must have a ConnectED login to access the app.

This app delivers frequently used ConnectED features on the iPad and adds powerful new mobile teaching and learning opportunities for teachers and students.


With Classkick, students work assignments on their iPad and get help from teachers and peers.




Move your tile through a numeric maze and find your way to the goal.

Beware! There will be number gates that won't let you through unless your tile has a specific value on its back.

Sumaze! puzzles involve arithmetic, inequalities, the modulus function, logarithms, powers and primes! Have you got what it takes?

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