A Tactile, Visual, and Game-ified Approach to Quadratic Factoring!
You will want this cool game in your back pocket whether you're introducing factoring to junior students for the first time or doing a fun review with your senior class! I hope to see your school on the leaderboard :)
***Please Note*** Factris requires the Microsoft .net Framework to run. This comes natively if you're running Windows. It can be downloaded for a Mac as well, but it's a bit more complicated...
Addictive, and progressively challenging, students are forced to rely on a factoring strategy as they plan how to assemble the falling tiles into the correct rectangle.
This game is perfect for visual learners, but sure to strengthen anyone's understanding, as it connects algebraic and geometric representations of quadratic expressions. It will stretch you in a new way!
Download the game and play the demo. If you're loving it, you can seamlessly create a username & password to keep playing (so your progress can be saved). You can also get a Teacher Account so you track your students' progress. It's an easy button click to email me and I'll set it up for you. "Factris makes perfect!"
Ideally, students have used algebra tiles to multiply polynomials already, but no worries if they have never seen the tiles before! There is an introduction tutorial to algebra tiles inside the game!
◾Play the full game yourself, and compete against other teachers on the worldwide teachers’ leaderboard!
◾Your game, and your students’ games, are saved online for convenient play anywhere you log in!
◾Create 200 student accounts, topped up freely on the anniversary of your account purchase.
◾Create classes to organize your students. View their game achievements and problem/solution history to assess their learning.
◾Set your school and board name, to be inherited by student accounts you create.
◾Play the full game! Your progress is automatically saved online so you can log in and play anywhere.
◾Compete against students worldwide for the top spot on the leaderboard!
◾Set your school and board name to be displayed on the leaderboard.
◾View your game achievements and factoring history to review your understanding.
DESCRIPTION OF LEVELS - (each level has 3 stages/problems)
Level 1 - Simple Trinomials, no negatives
Level 2 - Simple Trinomials, with negatives, zero pairs provided
Level 3 - Simple perfect squares, with negatives, zero pairs provided
Level 4 - Simple difference of squares, zero pairs provided
Level 5 - Simple trinomials, with negatives, zero pairs must be added manually from now on
Level 6 - Simple difference of squares
Level 7 - Simple quadratics (all types)
Level 8 - Complex trinomials, with negatives, zero pairs provided for this level only and tiles fall in order
Level 9 - Complex trinomials, with negatives, zero pairs added manually and tiles are randomized
Level 10 - Complex difference of squares quadratics, zero pairs added manually
Level 11 - Complex trinomials, difference of squares, and perfect squares, zero pairs added manually
Level 12 - Complex quadratics (all types) with larger values
Level 13 to infinity - All types of problems possible, larger numbers, faster falling tiles
Here's more info about the game:
So many students are visual learners, yet factoring is often presented to them as a set of mysterious rules and algorithms to blindly follow.
I designed this game with my own students in mind! Factris differentiates learning and assessment in a whole new way as students and their teacher view their tracked achievement. With a Teacher Account, you can access, create and manage classes, adding up to 200 students annually! View your students' achievement for quick a assessment of their factoring strengths and weaknesses. Have students play on your Smart Board using the touch-screen buttons; or better yet, play in a computer lab with your whole class. Have students download and play the game at home for the most enjoyable math homework they'll ever be assigned!
With leaderboards and personal achievement badges, Factris harnesses the competitive element of online gaming that keeps so many students up to the wee hours. Leaderboards can be narrowed by school board, school, class, modified date. Tell students to play with headphones (they're likely in their ears anyway!) to enjoy the game's full soundtrack and sound effects.
You can direct students here to get the game, or post the software in a public network folder etc. for easy free access. It will even run off a thumb-drive USB stick :)