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Author:  Eric Goolish 
Date:  Feb 22 2004 
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity.html?co=a&tp=11.17.1&id=417&context=tool&new_id=3731
As a preservice teacher, many articles I read as an undergraduate encourage the
use of algebra tiles. As a result, I found this tool to discover the 'hidden
secrets' behind algebra tiles. Although I am unexperienced in their use, I
found this applet to be perfect. While I was playing with the algebra tiles, I
imagined that this applet could be very effective for a student. The applet
does great in providing lesson plans, activities, instructions, and a reference
to the standards. The only question I had regarding this applet was if this is
any better than using real algebra tiles. Besides the easy of using a computer,
I could not see a circumstance where this applet is better for students than
using the real tiles themselves. Regardless, if computers were avaliable, then
I could see this as being a helpful tool. Just some thoughts...
University of Illinois  Mathematics Secondary Education
Office of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education 
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/courses/ci336sp04/
 
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