Can maths apps add value to learning?


Mobile apps to support young children and maths learning.


MAPPS will carry out a systematic literature review of research on the impact of maths apps as a formal learning experience for children aged 4-7 at school and at home. This will provide an overview of current international research evidence on maths apps, creating an understanding of current research quality, current and new methodological considerations, and any gaps in research and in available maths apps.

MAPPS will also develop a framework to identify the coverage of each maths app in relation to ten basic skills important for mathematical development and will assign a quality score to each app based on design features identified in learning science theory literature. The framework will be applied to the maths apps identified in the systematic review and the top 50 most popular maths apps from the iOS Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The project website will describe app content and features that best support mathematical learning for children of different ages, as well as hosting an accessible database of evaluated maths apps for teachers and parents to compare and select appropriate apps to use with children.

The role of IET

The IET is a partner and co-Investigator on the grant, led by UCL. The role of IET is to provide support and expertise on how educational apps are best designed to support learning and teaching.


Research programmes


  • Nuffield Foundation


  • UCL Institute of Education