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Visual Fractions


Visual Fractions

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The purpose of Visual Fractions is to picture fractions and the operations on them.
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: March 09, 2005
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 17, 2016
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Keywords: subtract, games, fractions, identify, compare, divide, multiply, Java applets, add


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Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Matthew Yagley
2 years ago

Matthew Yagley (Student)

I thought this resource was a great way to teach and practice fractions because of the use of feedback and hints as needed throughout the instruction and practice of this strategy. The visuals provide the connection between the visual and abstract allowing multiple modalities of learning. The feedback worked well as it could due to its limitations of programming. Because it cannot communicate directly with the user, it cannot provide customized feedback to what the student is doing/did and where they need to go to next. The feedback is general such as “too large” or “incorrect.” I feel struggling learners might need more specific feedback. I do think the explain button is a great feature for students to use as hints as to performing the strategy. I used it personally as to remind myself what the strategy was asking me to do during this particular step. I can see this being useful for students that forget or need a quick reminder.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
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Avatar for Aaron Jones
7 years ago

Aaron Jones (Student)

1. I spent about a half hour reviewing the material by trying the exercises and going through the tutorial. 2. I found the quality of content to be very good. The site is called visual fractions and I was drawn to it by the name because I am a visual learner. According to the tutorial you choose, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide fractions visually with circles or lines. If you get stuck you can click “explain” and it will provide the answer for you with an explanation. I found the visual aspect of it to be helpful rather than just looking at numbers. So for someone who is new to fractions and is a visual learner, this site would be great. 3. This would be a great resource for teachers and students learning to be enhanced. Students can benefit from the visual presentations if they are having trouble with conventional ways of learning fractions and teachers benefit by being able to present the math a different way to allow the student to understand. 4. This site is very easy to use. It has an intuitive navigation bar on the left which lets you know all of the learning categories the site has to offer. All you have to do is click one of them and it takes you right to the tutorial and you can jump right in. In my opinion first time users will have no problems.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Harry A Mazurek
11 years ago

Harry A Mazurek (Faculty)

Fabulous, meticulous interactive for visual presentation. Detailed explanation
included below the interactive part of page.
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