Hands-On Equations 1: The Fun Way to Learn Algebra Teach your children the joys of learning algebra with Hands-On Equations! This IOS, Android, Kindle and Windows app takes advantage of the mobile device's visual and touch features to demystify complex algebraic concepts. Equations such as 4x + 3 = 3x + 9 and 2(2x + 1) = 3x + 9 become child's play. The original Hands-On Equations program, using physical game pieces, has already helped more than a million students gain confidence with algebra. Now that same, proven method is available virtually in the palm of your hand. In Lesson 1, the student mentally tries to figure out the value of the pawn that makes both sides balance by using reasoning or a guess-and-check strategy. The game pieces do not move in this first lesson. In Lesson 2, the student places the game pieces unto the image of the balance scale to represent both sides of the abstract equation. In Lesson 3, the student uses "legal moves" with the pawns to simplify and solve for the unknown x. Watch the short, helpful video above by Dr. Borenson, the inventor of Hands-On Equations, as he encourages young students that algebra is fun and easy to master.
Written by Jayne Clare
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.
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