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Tool: Fraction Track Reviews
Teacher Review (Based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: vmbennett, Jun 30 2009 08:11:20:300AM
Classroom use in Courses and Topics:

Math 5: Fractions, Percentages
Duration of classroom use:
Multiple Weeks
What did students learn?
Students were able to apply their understanding of common fractions and equivalencies.
What did students do with the resource?
They practiced adding and subtracting fractions. They played this game with similar ability peers.
How hard was it for students to use?
Easy
Other classroom comments:
It is great that distances can be either positive or negative. This helps deter students from just hitting pass.
Appropriate for:
practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Students need to know fractions. Being able to move back and forth between decimals and percentages is also helpful.
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
Students just need to have basic computer skills.
What extra things must be done to make it work?
I didn't do anything extra.
How hard was it for you to learn?
Easy
Explanation:
The direction page made it easy. We have a paper version of this game to use in class so the virtual version was easy to figure out!
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:

Math 5: Fractions, Percentages
Teacher Review (Not based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: ihor, Oct 17 2004 01:06:48:567AM
Review based on:
student observations
Appropriate for:
applications of a concept or technique
Other Comments:
This was a challenging game for the 6th grade students I watched play this. The students who played it best had good fraction sense. The students who didn't got lost and tuned out quickly. As indicated in the accompanying videos strong teacher support is needed for students to learn and explore various strategies. A sample game would be useful to illuminate some of the interesting strategies that would come up while playing this game.
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
You need to know how to add and subtract with fractions.
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
easy to use
What extra things must be done to make it work?
The game could be strengthened with more feedback features. For example, it would be good to let the player know if a move is possible before they choose to pass. Scoring (or at least notifying you when you won) would help make the game be something that students would want to play again.
How hard was it for you to learn?
Ok
Explanation:
This is a game that a teacher needs to motivate for the students by playing a demonstration game with them. Otherwise, it won't have much holding power.
Ability to meet my goals:
Effective
Recommended for:

Math 4: Fractions
Math 5: Fractions
Math 6: Fractions