An Empirical Evaluation of the Software Tool Aplusix for Learning Elementary Algebra
Said Hadjerrouit, University of Agder; Faculty of Technology & Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Sciences, Norway ; Antje Meier, University of Agder, Norway
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Several software tools aiming at helping students to learn algebra have been developed, but few of them have achieved successful educational results in classroom yet. A promising software tool in school algebra is Aplusix. This tool has been developed with the goal of allowing students to freely build and transform algebraic expressions as they can do on paper. This work reports on a research project on the investigation of students’ learning of elementary algebra with Aplusix. The work uses the Theory of Didactical Situations to analyze and evaluate the pedagogical value of Aplusix. The paper also reports on potential implications for the learning of school algebra and the integration of Aplusix into mathematics classroom.
Hadjerrouit, S. & Meier, A. (2010). An Empirical Evaluation of the Software Tool Aplusix for Learning Elementary Algebra. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3432-3439). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).