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MARY FRIES

Education Development Center

iPuzzle: Transforming Mathematics Learning through Social Puzzling

NSF Awards: 1135173

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

The SolveMe Mobiles app is designed to support algebraic reasoning in a fun and interactive format. These colorful puzzles help algebra and pre-algebra students as well as puzzle-lovers of all ages establish and strengthen the logic of solving equations for unknown values. Learn more and play at http://solveme.edc.org or download the iPad app.

This video highlights students’ logical reasoning while using the app and demonstrates the use of equations and annotations in solving puzzles.

The logic of balancing mobile puzzles is the same as the logic required in solving equations and systems of equations. The visual format makes these puzzles, and the logic they develop, accessible and appealing to a wide audience from age 6 through adults.

SolveMe Mobiles has been designed both for independent, informal use and for classroom contexts where students are sharing iPads or computers and may continue their work at home. Optional user accounts record progress, awards, settings, and user-created puzzles across sessions and devices.

SolveMe Mobiles was developed at Education Development Center, Inc. in Waltham, MA and was inspired by the research and development of both Think Math!, a comprehensive K-5 curriculum, and Transition to Algebra, a full-year algebra curriculum. Additional SolveMe math apps will soon be available at http://solveme.edc.org and for the iPad in the Apple iTunes app store.

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