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Tool: Algebra Balance Scales - Negatives Reviews
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