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Tool: Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships Using Simulation Software Reviews
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: fibomath, Jun 29 2009 03:06:34:953PM
Review based on:
personal experience
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings
Other Comments:
Great visual for speed and rate, along with graphical representation.
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
very little, very intuitive
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
none
What extra things must be done to make it work?
none
How hard was it for you to learn?
Easy
Explanation:
simple; self-explanatory
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:
Math 5: Ratio and proportion
Math 6: Equations and functions, Ratio and proportion
Math 7: Equations and functions, Ratio and proportion
Algebra: Functions / Relations
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: GGG, Mar 21 2008 04:24:58:550AM
Review based on:
personal experience
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept
Other Comments:
I wonder if using this with younger children, they might misinterpret the lines as the actual paths the runners took, and the grid as the field they ran on. Would they consider the intersection point as a place where the runners actually collided?
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Perhaps to understand the step is the speed of the runner
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
None
How hard was it for you to learn?
Easy
Explanation:
My computer stopped the runner a couple of times, but when I did it at home, I had no such interruptions.
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:
Math 4: Equations and functions, Data analysis
Math 5: Equations and functions, Data analysis
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: mbackus, Jan 22 2008 08:26:03:507PM
Review based on:
personal experience
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique, advanced investigations
Other Comments:
I like that this tool engages students, and that it ties together multiple representations of an abstract and difficult concept.
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
A little bit about graphing.
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
Little.
What extra things must be done to make it work?
I'd create a lesson that asks students to try and recreate a series of graphs. I'd then have them answer accompanying questions that interpret "What has happened"
How hard was it for you to learn?
Easy
Explanation:
The only thing that tripped me up was figuring out how to get the runner to switch directions. Otherwise, everything went well.
Ability to meet my goals:
Very Effective
Recommended for:
Algebra
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: Darline, Jul 10 2007 12:10:39:017PM
Review based on:
personal experience
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique
Other Comments:
Use x as If and Y as then Change one variable at a time
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Coordinate palne
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
mouse
What extra things must be done to make it work?
Involve all students by using the 11-pin geoboard
How hard was it for you to learn?
Easy
Explanation:
Took a few tries to realize that I was changing the direction of the runner without realizing it.
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:
Math 7: Fractions, Equations and functions, Linear relationships, Ratio and proportion, Rect coordinate geometry, Geometry in the plane, Measurement
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: D_Matt, Jun 27 2007 01:35:00:030PM
Review based on:
personal experience
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Rates, Slope, graphing
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
Mouse
How hard was it for you to learn?
Very Easy
Explanation:
Easy way to see the interaction between time and distance, and changes thereto.
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:
Math 7: Algebra and expressions, Equations and functions, Linear relationships, Ratio and proportion, Geometry in the plane, Measurement
Teacher Review (Based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: M G, Jan 16 2007 07:50:42:527PM
Classroom use in Courses and Topics:
Algebra: Linear Equations
Duration of classroom use:
One Class
What did students learn?
reinforcement of slope intercept formula and meaning behind
What did students do with the resource?
observe with projector, took turns adjusting starting point and step distance, theorizing results
How hard was it for students to use?
Easy
Other classroom comments:
simulation went too fast
Appropriate for:
practice of skills and understandings
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
coordinate graphing
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
connection to LCD projector
What extra things must be done to make it work?
nicer to use in computer lab with two students at a computer
How hard was it for you to learn?
Very Easy
Explanation:
I often use sortware as this for classroom use.
Ability to meet my goals:
Neutral
Recommended for:
Math 7: Equations and functions, Linear relationships
Algebra: Functions / Relations, Linear Equations, Analyzing Linear Data