Easel is an educational iPad App that was recently recognized at TechCrunch’s Crunchies Awards. Easel provides a canvas for working on Algebra and SAT practice problems. Select a problem type from the menu and you’re provided with a blank canvas to write and draw on in the same way that you would use scratch paper. If you get stuck, you can tap the “show me” button to get help. Easel has free and paid versions of an app for SAT prep and an app for Algebra.
What I like about Easel is that it is not a simple “drill and kill” math game or test prep application. Easel gives students the option to work through problems on their own before requesting help. If your school is issuing iPads to students, Easel is an application worth considering adding to those machines.