By Jenny Bristol,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Rearrange, solve polynomials for procedural understanding.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Provides lots of exploratory opportunities for algebra students to learn the procedures of solving equations. Because it targets procedural thinking, it eliminates the need to compute values of coefficients or determine factors before combining terms.
Ease of Play
Includes extensive step-by-step instructions for how to use the app and how the algebra works. In the portion where kids can create their own equations, it wasn't immediately intuitive to drag the operators into an equation instead of tapping on them.
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Algebra Touch is a Great App.
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What’s It About?
In ALGEBRA TOUCH, kids choose a lesson, and then a basic problem related to that lesson appears with a written explanation. Along with the explanation comes an instruction ("Tap the +") telling kids what to do next to make the answer appear. Practice goes beyond the expectation that kids will enter the final answer. Instead, kids tap the steps involved in solving the equation, and the app gives the answer. Tap incorrectly, and the image simply wiggles. Choose correctly, and the next step appears until kids arrive at the final answer.
Is It Any Good?
For procedural understanding of algebraic skills, this tool is a hit, but it doesn't teach concepts. It allows kids to manipulate and solve single-variable algebraic equations and terms in a very creative way. Kids drag their finger on the screen to move terms from one side of the equation to the other, or they can tap to factor or solve. Tapping will compute all the arithmetic automatically, except for division, since the app requires fractions to be fully reduced before the answer is correct. Students who want extra practice or a new way to approach procedures can find both in Algebra Touch, a unique supplement to basic algebra education.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how technology can help with learning. Which other apps might be helpful?
For kids who seem to be ahead of the math curve in school, offer Algebra Touch as a way to allow them to dig deeper into the concepts and challenge themselves in a fun way.
Encourage kids struggling with certain areas of algebra to choose those specific topics on this app to approach the problems in a different way.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows app
- Subjects: Math: algebra, equations, fractions, functions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, problem solving
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 11, 2015
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Regular Berry
- Version: 2.2.11
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.1 or later
- Last updated: July 26, 2021
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