The app that I chose for this analysis is called Factor Race. It cost $0.99 through Apple’s App store and can is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch.
According to the app description “Factor Race is a game where the player must identify the binomial factors of trinomial equations.” Students have to correctly factor different trinomial equations in order to make it around the track. As students complete each level, they earn better race cars.
I really like the idea of this app. It’s a fun, interactive way for students to practice factoring without it being another worksheet in class. I actually stumbled upon this app when I was looking for engaging activities for my students to practice factoring. However, I spent days trying to get the app to work. Once it goes through the opening “credits”, you can only see half of the app. Not being able to see the full screen makes it really difficult to even complete one factoring problem, let alone complete an entire level. I would really have liked to use this with my students, but I didn’t feel comfortable expending class time with an app that I’m really unsure of how it works beyond its description. I’m really hoping that the developers fix the bug because I think it would be a great app for algebra students.