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Tool: Math Football Reviews
 Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience) Reviewer: Jon Musolf, Dec 3 2006 06:50:25:563PM Review based on: personal experience Appropriate for: introduction to a concept Other Comments: The application crashed each time I answered the same question. I didn't lose possession on downs but received a game over message. The questions weren't random enough to be useful beyond one use. What math does one need to know to use the resource? percentage increase or decrease. What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource? Use a mouse to select the answer. How hard was it for you to learn? Very Easy Explanation: Point and click is basic use. Ability to meet my goals: Ineffective Recommended for: Math 5: Number sense, Percentages Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience) Reviewer: FrankEsq, Dec 3 2006 07:16:38:113AM Review based on: personal experience Appropriate for: introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique Other Comments: The program presupposes some knowledge of football. Without a prior understanding of what the "goal line" is, some students may not be able to understand some of the instructions. Labels might be included to identify the starting and ending goal lines. The questions contained in the program relate largely to percentage and fractions. The program does so largely in a real football context, using questions of varied difficulty. Questions are multiple-choice or yes-no. A question of medium difficulty reads "The offense gets the ball to the 50, then loses 25 yards on the next play. What percentage of the field is left to cover?" Answering correctly advances the unattractive Post-It football down field either 1, 6 or 10 yards, depending on the difficulty of the question. There would appear to be little difference between some medium and difficult graded questions. Students are able to practice knowledge of negative numbers, percentages and ratios with this program. It can take under 5 minutes to successfully complete a typical game, with approximately 10 to 15 questions being answered. Some, if not most, questions can be answered without performing written calculations. Some questions appear to have been programmed with incorrect answers. For example, "To get into the playoffs, a team may have no more than 3 losses to 1 wins. Team Eagles has 8 wins and 2 losses. Will they make the playoffs?" The correct answer is yes, as Team Eagles has a better win-loss ratio than the minimal standard. Yet, answering "yes" occasionally -- but not always -- results in a one-yard loss in the game. Some questions are less than realistic. For example, a series of questions use a variation of "If a player breaks ½ of his leg, what fraction remains unbroken." While this game does not purport to be an anatomy lesson, for the 7th graders that this program is designed for, a broken leg is just that: a broken leg. The percentage of the fractional fracture is not realistic in medical terms (which would describe the nature and location of the fracture(s)), let alone in colloquial speech. What math does one need to know to use the resource? Fractions, percentages, basic addition and subtraction, comparisons and implicit ratios What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource? No major hardware knowledge or expertise is necessary, beyond use of a mouse or cursor. How hard was it for you to learn? Easy Explanation: As someone familiar with the rules and terms of football, the game was very accessible. For students without football as part of their knowledge base, the game will be largely unattractive and incomprehensible. Ability to meet my goals: Ineffective Recommended for: Math 7: Operations with numbers, Number sense, Fractions, Percentages, Ratio and proportion Other Review (Not based on classroom experience) Reviewer: lanius, Dec 3 2006 06:34:36:643AM Review based on: This tool was described in the newsletter. I am going to be introducing Math Tools in a professional development session, and I thougth the tool sounded interesting Appropriate for: practice of skills and understandings Other Comments: In some regard this tool is just a multiple choice test that gives immediate answer repsonses. The questions are good, however and I think the football environment will motivate and engage students over a paper and pencil practice. What math does one need to know to use the resource? Proportional reasoning, basic math operations What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource? basic How hard was it for you to learn? Very Easy Explanation: It seemed obvious what to do. Ability to meet my goals: Effective Recommended for: Math 6: Percentages, Ratio and proportion; Math 7: Percentages, Ratio and proportion