Algebra Touch

App review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Rearrange, solve polynomials for procedural understanding.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Algebra Touch is an educational app that teaches and allows practice of procedural algebraic concepts. Kids learn to drag and rearrange single-variable polynomials so that like terms are together for easier adding. Then kids can tap the operator between the terms to compute answers. Terms can be factored or combined until the variable is isolated. Kids (or parents) can also create their own problems to rearrange and solve. The app saves the problems that were created for later use. Kids can contact others via email or Facebook to get help with problems. There's not much information in the privacy policy, which states that the app collects nonpersonal information.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byemanders October 11, 2011

Algebra Touch is a Great App.

I am a teacher and have used this app with several students to try it out. I love this app. It's very affordable and does a great job helping kids solve... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 and 13 year old Written bymomsue August 15, 2011

Superb

This is what an app should be. This is suited to all math learners, especially those who are frustrated by stupid games that have the added stress of time limit... Continue reading

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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.

App details

For kids who love math apps and games

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