App Name: Hands-On Equations - Level 1 Lite
What does it promise? Hands-On Equations - 1 Lite takes equations like 4x + 2 = 3x + 9 and uses the iPad’s visual and touch features to make problem solving fun. The app’s goal is to demystify complex algebraic concepts.
Does it deliver? Yes, albeit in a watered-down way. The developers’ goal here is to whet students’ appetite with this free version so that they’ll eventually purchase the full one. That said, this basic version is certainly worth downloading.
The unknown X variable is represented by a blue pawn on the iPad screen, while the constants are represented by number cubes. The game pieces can be moved by the player and placed on a balance scale to represent the two sides of the equation. The student simplifies the equation by moving the game pieces to solve for the unknown X. Once they’re done, the student resets the problem to conduct the check.
Can I use it in my classroom? Hands-On Equations - Level 1 Lite is perfect for introducing algebra to students and can serve as a useful tool for breaking up the monotony of text-based math instruction.
All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.