Thursday, June 18, 2015

Times Table App

As I looked at multiplication apps, I downloaded Times Table by The App City.  It is an interesting app in that it is not a game but a calculator that shows the answer and a visual representation.  It does not provide a way to drill  their multiplication facts.

The app lists every multiplication fact between 1 x1 and 10 x 10.  All the student has to do is touch the button and it shows the problem, shows the answer next to the problem and on the button the student pushed and it shows a representation.

For instance, if the student chose 8 x 6, the problem prints at the top with 8 x 6 = 48, the 48 shows above the button and between the multiplication table and the
8 x 6 = 48 are 8 groups of 6 to represent the multiplication.

I've given some thought to whether this app is appropriate for my classroom and I've decided no because the students do not get a chance to practice their multiplication facts.  I do plan to share this with the Special Ed teacher so she can put it on the ipads she has in the classroom.

This app would be appropriate for students who have difficulty in learning their times table and are allowed to use a calculator.  This calculator has the visual element which is important in understanding the concept behind the facts.