5 Digital Tools for Student Success

Cinda Orr

In honor of Digital Learning Day, I want to share resources and digital tools that celebrate education innovation. I believe that when we choose the right technology we help develop active learners invested in their learning experience. 

When I look for digital resources, I seek out tools that offer personalized feedback in the learning moment. Since I can’t provide all students immediate feedback as they explore the resources, it’s good to have tools that do it for me. This way I can focus on the kids who need more support and feedback from the teacher as well as the digital tool. 

I also look for tools that help students critically analyze their math growth. When they use these digital tools, I want students to strive to get better at the given concept. For example, when I use XtraMath, I help motivate students to improve their math fact fluency. We discuss their progress and set attainable goals together.  

And lastly, I make sure the tools I use support the concepts I’m covering in class. It can be hard to find digital tools for every concept or lesson, but paying close attention to the match can be valuable. Below, I’ve included resources aligned to the Common Core standards. I find it benefits students to practice concepts within varied learning contexts. 

Have a good time exploring all the digital tools today!

Measuring Angles

5 Applications or Websites for Student Success

Why I like it: 

  • Gives instant feedback- students know if they are using the protractor correctly 

CCSS:

  • 4.MD.6
  • 4.MP.5
  • 4.G.1

Multiplying with Arrays

5 Applications or Websites for Student Success

Why I like it: 

  • This digital tool allows students to see an array as big as 20 x 20
  • Great for the beginning of the school year when students are working on multiplication facts or to support visual representation of arrays

CCSS:

  • 4.NBT.5
  • 4.NBT.1
  • 3.MD.7b
  • 4.MP.5
  • 4.MP.2

Xtra Math

5 Applications or Websites for Student Success

Why I like it:

  • Helps with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts
  • Great way for students to work with multiplication facts early in the year and to provide extra practice at home

Factorization

5 Applications or Websites for Student Success

Why I like it:

  • Students can visually explore the concept of factors by creating rectangular arrays 

CCSS:

  • 4.OA.4
  • 4.OA.4
  • 4.MP.3
  • 4.MP.8

Math Learning Center Apps

5 Applications or Websites for Student Success

Why I like it:

  • Not just apps for the iPad—they can be accessed from a computer too
  • Use Number Frames as an egg carton to practice fractions
  • Use Number Line to for addition and subtraction practice
  • Number Pieces represent arrays visually
  • Use the Math Vocabulary Cards to review math terms and concepts

Cinda Orr is a grade 5 Bridges teacher.