Times Tables Trainer HD is an easy to use math app, appropriate for students aged 7 and older. With a really easy to use layout, this app is perfect for independent math practice. The app opens to squares numbered 1-12 and a multi-colored square. Each shape links to the corresponding times table practice activities. Additionally, from this main screen, parents and teachers can access the settings and reports pages.
Each of the numbered tables features a variety of activities. In the Learning tab, students practice three level 1 activities including Which table is it? (practice with the first factor), Which are you multiplying? (practice with the second factor), and What's the answer?. Each of these activities shows all of the facts for that particular table. For the fact that is being practiced, the answer slowly disappears and the player enters the number that is now missing. This is a practice activity, so the correct answer is readily available. In the level 2 activities, the same facts are displayed one at a time. Again the answer disappears and players re-enter it. The repetition is meant to practice these essential facts.
In the Practicing tab for each times table there are eight activities geared toward that specific times table:
-The ___ times table (multiple choice)
-The ___ times table (open answer)
-The ___times table in reverse (multiple choice)
-The ___times table in reverse (open)
-Match the answers to the ___ times table
-Fill in the blanks
-Choose the correct numbers
-Match the times table and the division table
Each of these activities gets progressively harder. When players answer a question correctly they receive a positive sound, a star, and a scoring percentage. Incorrect answers are corrected on screen and affect the percentage. The multi colored square on the main menu gives practice with mixed times tables.
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This app is very simple to use, making it perfect for independent student use. The variety of activities, especially in the Practicing section make the app a nice change from traditional flash-card style fact practice. I like that students have to move from simple fill in the factors to matching, to corresponding division facts. This shows a progression of mastery with multiplication facts. As a teacher, I also really like the Reports section. Though the app only allows for one user at a time, the teacher can access data like percentage of exercises completed, percentage correct, percentage answered, even correct questions in a row. Teachers can also see specific data about each times table including the percentage correct, number of questions completed and answered correctly or incorrectly. Teachers can simply go to the settings page and delete results to clear scores for another student to use the app. Built in data like this is great for teachers.
Overall, this multiplication app has a lot to offer. With a wide variety of teaching and practicing activities revolving around multiplication facts, school age children will benefit immensely from this app. Teachers and parents will love the instant data available and the ease with which the app can be used for evaluation.
Times Tables Trainer HD is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App - RRP- $4.99 - On sale for a limited time!
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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