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1. How you reviewed the materials (Did you spend 5 minutes browsing, 2 hours trying it, or actually use it in teaching-learning activities?). I spent about 20 minutes reviewing the material and playing the game several times.
2. The quality of content (Does the materials accurately present concepts and models that are educationally significant?) The game was fun to play, however the website did not describe any obvious reasons why this game would be educationally significant, for college students in particular.
3. The potential effectiveness for enhancing teaching and learning (If used appropriately, will students' learning and faculty's teaching be enhanced?) I think this game could be used effectively for teaching/learning in the primary grades, however it doesn?t seem to have much application towards higher education. Also the website didn?t really describe what the purpose of the Bicolor Tower of Hanoi is, except perhaps how to effectively move a series of blocks using the fewest number of moves.
4. The ease of using the materials (Will first time users find it easy to use the software?) The materials were very easy to use, and the game was fun to play.
9 years ago
I read through the site and played the game 4 times. I found it frustrating that the game did not indicate what the lowest level of moves was, or if I did well or not. Because there was no feedback, it gave me nothing to aspire to. I did not feel that this game helped my mathematical understanding in any way. I would not recommend this as a teaching tool, unless it was used for K-8 students.