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Tool: Paper Pool Tool Reviews
Developer Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: mcc36, Oct 17 2006 08:48:14:713AM
Review based on:
Teaching math concepts through pool initially attracted me.
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept
Other Comments:
Due to the limited scope of the tool, I assume that its primary purpose was providing a fun way to help introduce a concept.
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Basic geometry for length & width
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
n/a
What extra things must be done to make it work?
Read the 'Instructions' and 'Explorations' sections or the tool will seem meaningless.
How hard was it for you to learn?
Hard
Explanation:
It may have been mostly the lack of directions within the applet, but I also believe that there should be some sort of "Quick Start" instructions included for those who like to learn by doing.
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:
Math 5: Ratio and proportion
Math 6: Ratio and proportion
Student Review (Based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: rao23, Oct 16 2006 05:52:14:913PM
Classroom use in Courses and Topics:
Probability & Statistics: Probability
Duration of classroom use:
One Week
What did you learn?
I learned how different dimensions can create the same amount of hits
What did you think of the resource?
Hard to understand
How hard was it to use?
Ok
Other classroom comments:
Not alot of fun
Would peers feel differently?
I think the class had mix reviews with this tool
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
You have to understand dimensions
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
Mathtools
How hard was it for you to learn?
Ok
Explanation:
Hard to understand
Ability to meet my goals:
Neutral
Recommended for:
Probability & Statistics: Probability
Developer Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: Greg7, Oct 16 2006 05:04:55:597PM
Review based on:
Tool was attractive because of an easy to understand background concept of pool.
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, applications of a concept or technique, advanced investigations
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Basic understanding of angle measurment.
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
N/A
What extra things must be done to make it work?
None
How hard was it for you to learn?
Very Easy
Explanation:
Tool was very easy to, just need to read instructions to solve any difficulties.
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:
Trigonometry: Working with Angles
Developer Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: iris08, Oct 16 2006 01:34:13:003PM
Review based on:
Its thumbnail image appeared to look like a game of pool, which attracted me.
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept
Other Comments:
As an introduction to a concept (or any "Purpose", really) this game may take some additional explanation. The educational concept of this game is not readily apparent.
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
I believe, since it appears to maybe be an introduction to a concept, that some knowledge of proportional reasoning may be necessary.
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
Usage of a computer mouse.
How hard was it for you to learn?
Ok
Explanation:
I don't think the point of this game is readily apparent (i.e. the relationships between equivalent ratios, as well as 1:1 ratios).
Ability to meet my goals:
Neutral
Recommended for:
Math 6: Ratio and proportion