For those that have experience using algebra tiles in instruction, do you prefer the students to use physical tiles or virtual tiles? Pros of physical tiles: 1. Hits tactile learning aspect in addition to visual learning. Cons of physical tiles: 1. Can get broken, misplaced, thrown, etc. 2. Assuming a class set, students cannot use them at home. Pros of virtual tiles (assuming 1 to 1 with technology): 1. No need to worry about them getting broken, misplaced, thrown, etc. 2. Students can access them at home. Cons of virtual tiles: 1. Students miss out on the tactile aspect. Right now, I have spent a day with students just using the physical tiles in class, and then a day with the students just using virtual tiles in class. Perhaps when we use them again, I may give them the option to use their preferred style? Given that I have already seen some of the physical tiles cons after just one day of use, I am reluctant to rely on those the whole year. For reference, this is 9th grade Algebra 1, and the tiles will be used for solving equations, solving systems of two equations, multiplying binomials, factoring trinomials, and completing the square.