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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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