Earlier this year Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Department of Education teamed up to create the Gap App Challenge, an initiative aimed to bridge the gap in math performance among middle school students. They challenged app creators to compete for a $15,000 top prize, which would be awarded to the most effective and innovative apps that focus on middle school math and can be used by students, parents or teachers.
Out of over 200 applicants, the Department of Education selected the following winners:
KnowRe: This app uses test questions to determine the strengths and weaknesses in a student’s math ability. Then the program will adapt to the weaknesses to most help the student.
Hapara: As more schools begin to implement Google Apps (the count stands at 25 million right now), Hapara helps to integrate the apps into one easy-to-use dashboard.
Mathalicious: Rather than using boring word problems, Mathalicious creates problems that use ideas that kids are interested in, like sports and music. (For example: Do people with small feet pay too much for shoes and should Nike charge by shoe weight?)
LiveSchool: A system that aims to save teachers a ton of effort by automatically recording behavioral info–like which kids talked back and when–in real time. Thus, Mrs. Smith won’t have to waste her time after class writing down that Jimmy was such a brat.
Now if only someone could create an app that destroys Snapchat.