# Algebra Touch

Rearrange, solve polynomials for procedural understanding.

## What parents need to know

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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## 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.

## Kids say

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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?

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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.

• 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

 Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows Subjects: Math: algebra, equations, fractions, functions Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, problem solving Price: \$2.99 Pricing structure: Paid Release date: December 11, 2015 Category: Education Size: 7.60 MB Publisher: Regular Berry Version: 2.2.11 Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.1 or later

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Educator 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 problems. Students should practice telling you what they are doing to solve the problem to check their learning/strategies. They learn to simplify (condense/collect like terms, eliminate), factorize, substitute, and distribute. It also helped me brush up on skills I hadn't used in years.
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