Quick Math - Multiplication Table & Arithmetic Game
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Quick Math – Multiplication Table & Arithmetic Game is a high-speed, flash card style game that puts math skills to the test. This app turns doing times tables and practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division into a challenging sport by timing and tracking a player's progress. The game is all about accuracy and speed and is the perfect tool to drill arithmetic skills and build math confidence. Players can post scores in Apple's Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- academic development
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy the flash-card-style interface and the app's handwriting recognition that lets them write their answers right on the screen. As with most drill-like games that promote fluency, kids may lose interest after a short time.
Each mode has four levels, and each level gets more challenging. Feedback and hints could improve the learning value.
Navigation is easy, and a brief tutorial helps get kids started. Teachers can go to the developer's website to sign up for a newsletter and access up-to-date social media pages.
What's it about?
Kids first choose a set of arithmetic problems then select a difficulty level. Each set contains 20 math problems. Kids write answers with their fingertips anywhere on the screen (which shows up in black boldface) before time runs out. The app's handwriting recognition identifies and tracks answers. Kids can attempt answers as many times as they'd like or can skip problems entirely. A bar graph shows results at the end of each set, which are saved over time so kids can track their progress.
Is it any good?
QUICK MATH - MULTIPLICATION TABLE & ARITHMETIC GAME is a great app to keep arithmetic skills sharp. It's smartly designed, makes mental computation fun, and teaches necessary academic and everyday life skills. The app's handwriting recognition is impressive and does justice to even the scribbliest of writers. The interface is clean and uncluttered, and the performance tool encourages players with an easy-to-understand bar graph that auto-tracks progress. The accompanying music is mellow and unobtrusive and can be turned off entirely.
The app would be even better if it had customizable user settings. Horizontal equations differ from the stacked, vertical ones kids typically see at school, and the app doesn't allow players to change this orientation. The handwriting recognition isn't 100% accurate and sometimes doesn't enter the number 6 or mistakes 3 for 5, which adds time and lowers the player's score. It'd be nice to have the option to make custom equation sets to help kids target tricky numbers. Also, the option to turn off the timer would give kids a chance to practice and boost math confidence before entering into timed math sprints.
Families can talk about...
Point out where arithmetic is used in everyday life. How are addition and subtraction used at the grocery store? Why would carpenters want to know the times table for number 12 by heart? How might a chef use division or multiplication in the kitchen?
Share examples of how your kids apply arithmetic at home and school.