Dragon Box+: a sneaky ipad game that teaches algebra

25 Nov

I am not sure where I heard about Dragon Box. It was from a blog, I am sure. Anyway, after getting blown away by the web version, I talked my school into purchasing the application for our student ipads (32 on a cart).

Dragon Box is sneaky because the students begin learning how to solve algebraic equations without even knowing it. The application is done so well, that very little instruction is needed. It begins solving equations using picture cards and without using hardly any words or  instructions; the students figure out very intuitively that to solve the equations (or win the “games”) they need to make the constants zero, and then the coefficient one.  Brilliant!! So now in class, when we are solving equations, I can relate to the Dragon Box ideas to help them understand the pencil/paper steps for doing the same thing. If you haven’t checked it out yet, hurry. You’ll be amazed.

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