Thursday, March 6, 2014
Algebra Tiles App
The other day, I found an app called Algebra Tiles. I tried it myself and just could not get it to work correctly so I put it on the back shelf. Today, I had a student who got bored and wanted to just throw paper wads at the garbage can so I had him check it out and see if he could figure it out. I showed him the factoring trinomials one and figured out how to do it. So he tried to figure out the solving part of it. He got it and I was able to use the app in my last period class (Algebra 1). The students spent most of the period working on the app and I think it has clarified solving one and two step equations for many of my struggling students. I think I will have my algebra II class try it tomorrow for a few minutes just to try factoring quadratics. There are two other parts are substitute and expand. I hope to get those understood so I can use the substitution with my Algebra I class for solving linear equations using substitution. Now that I understand how to use it, I will be able to use it in several classes.