Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience) Reviewer: weedthenmulch, Nov 3 2006 07:54:05:310PM |

Review based on: personal experience |

Appropriate for: introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique |

Other Comments: I have taught elementary students with learning disabilities. I believe this would be helpful to all student as they move up into algebra. The interaction is great and the visuals simple yet effective. |

What math does one need to know to use the resource? Algebraic expressions, algebraic equations |

What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource? Use of mouse and the concept of dragging an image on the screen. |

How hard was it for you to learn? Easy |

Explanation: I didn't read the instructions. I just started playing around with it - a learning technique that students employ often. |

Ability to meet my goals: Very Ineffective |

Recommended for: Math 7: Algebra and expressions, Equations and functions; Algebra: One Variable Equations |

Developer Review (Not based on classroom experience) Reviewer: Kraz, Oct 17 2006 09:11:32:840AM |

Review based on: Assignment for school |

Appropriate for: practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique |

What math does one need to know to use the resource? Algebra and problem solving |

What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource? little to none |

How hard was it for you to learn? Easy |

Explanation: Tool was intuitive and easy to pick up. I understood the use and application right away. |

Ability to meet my goals: Effective |

Recommended for: Algebra: Integer Operations, Use of Variables, One Variable Equations |

Student Review (Not based on classroom experience) Reviewer: Deatra, Oct 14 2005 07:59:14:460PM |

Review based on: I am a college student, and I was looking for ideas on how to teach two-step equations. This tool had everything that I needed. I loved the way that it walked the students step-by-step through the process of solving the equation. |

Appropriate for: introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings |

Other Comments: This tool would be great for walking a students through the algorithmic steps needed to solve a two-step equation. |

What math does one need to know to use the resource? the idea of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and the inverse relationoships among them. |

What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource? None |

What extra things must be done to make it work? After you get the correct equation onto the scales, you must click continue before you can start to solve the equation. |

How hard was it for you to learn? Very Easy |

Explanation: It didn't take me any time to figure it out or to set it up. |

Ability to meet my goals: Effective |

Recommended for: Math 7: Algebra and expressions, Equations and functions |

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