Interactive problem solving
How I Use It
Finger Physics Free would be a great center based activity for increasing critical thinking and problem solving. Students work individually or in a small group to design a stable structure. To integrate with math, an educator could supply manipulative shapes and ask students to compare/contrast the difference between the 2d app shapes and real life tangible objects.
The free app did have some freezing issues, and had to be restarted a few times on various levels. However, the amount of levels and game modes available for free make this app worth the effort.
The app does not have individual student logins, so in a shared device environment, students are sharing the app and therefore sharing the advancement through unlocking levels.
The Finger Physics app is a great app for increasing a student's willingness to solve complex problems. The app requires students to build structures with various two dimensional shapes and have that structure be stable for a period of time. This app is wonderful for the sheer fun of it, but can also be capitalized on to increase a student's persistence with an activity. The free app has a nice selection of levels, while there is also a paid app at $2.99 in the Apple app store.
Students could be asked to screenshot their structure and explain why/how the structure was stable and describe how they their process changes from one situation to the next. In addition, students could have another student record their actions and voice as they record their thought process in a think aloud.