Teacher Review for Wolfram Alpha

It's more than just a calculator...

Joseph E.
Classroom teacher
Huntington High School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades 10, 11
My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this to show the different representations of a math problem. For example, some problems have a geometric and algebraic representation. With the emphasis on integrating math disciplines in Common Core, Wolfram Alpha can reach a broader range of thinkers.
My Take
With respect to problem solving, it would be great if the web site offered a way to show the work without users paying for the Pro service while at school. It does a great job with in-depth explanations instead of just getting answers. However, it provides a wonderful opportunity for extended learning. For an example of extended learning, the students can discover how the program comes up with certain properties of shapes.