Times Table Galaxy harnesses the inborn competitive nature in children and channels it into memorizing multiplication facts. Using a galactic theme, the app reinforces the familiar number patterns that children already know and helps build speed and accuracy.
Available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS universal
Times Table Galaxy was developed by Top Storey Apps for all iOS platforms, including iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In this app, your child can practice the easier facts first (the fives, the twos, and the tens) and then progress to the more difficult ones (the sixes, sevens, and eights). The app is free to download with limited playing time. Unlimited time is available through an in-app purchase.
How the App Works-
There are 12 levels in all, 2X to 12X, plus the final star level that includes the entire times table. A timer counts down the seconds during playing time, adding an element of time pressure, which has been shown to improve performance in many children. Students are encouraged to beat their own best time or the best time posted by one of their fellow classmates. For beginners or students who freeze when faced with time pressure, the timer can also be turned off.
The user interface in Times Table Galaxy is straightforward and simple. On the opening screen, you choose your galaxy (1X, 2X, 3X, etc.) Be sure to take time to scroll through all the galaxies to see a kaleidoscope of colors as well as an assortment of planets flying past the porthole. After you choose a galaxy, an instruction page explains how to play. When you're ready, start the game by tapping the arrow at the bottom of the page. Each problem is shown, along with 8 different answer choices. As soon as one problem is finished, the next one appears automatically until that level is finished.
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Most multiplication apps rely on random presentation of facts to build speed and accuracy. In Times Table Galaxy, however, the facts are always presented in order (2X1, 2X2, 2X3, etc.). Glen Storey, the developer of the app, explained to me that using the natural pattern of the numbers helps bridge the gap between skip counting (for example, 2,4,6 or 6,12,18) and memorization. This is especially important for younger children who are just learning the multiplication process. I think he's right, and this is the only app I've seen that offers this presentation style.
Any strategy that can make learning multiplication easier is a definite plus. If your child is of the age where multiplication is included in the classroom instruction, you should investigate Times Table Galaxy.
In a Nutshell-
Times Table Galaxy presents multiplication facts in order so that children can practice the natural progression for each number being multiplied. This app is appropriate for any child who is learning the multiplication tables, which starts as early as third grade according to Common Core standards.
Times Table Galaxy is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - Free for a limited time- New release
At the time of this review, Times Table Galaxy provides a safe, secure environment, with no access to social media and no ads. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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