Learn Times Tables
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Learning Times Tables is a simple online tool that lets kids earn points for practicing their multiplication tables. The site uses Google AdChoices, which populates ads based on previous online activity (among other factors). Kids get no helpful feedback or guidance on their learning; the activity is simple drill and practice. Kids can pick a user name if they want to track their progress on the site; no other information is collected.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- academic development
What Kids Can Learn
Though Learn Times Tables was created with educational intent, we don't recommend it for learning. The simple drill-and-practice activity can offer a bit of review for kids interested in practicing their times tables, but the lack of feedback and dull site design make it appear to be more about generating money through ads rather than educating kids.
What's it about?
LEARNING TIMES TABLES is a site that lets kids practice the times tables for numbers 1-10. Once kids choose a number (or numbers), they get a set of problems. Kids are timed on how long they take to solve each problem; when they take too long or get the answer wrong, that question goes into heavier rotation. For each right answer, kids earn coins they can redeem for virtual items. Kids can enter a user name in order to save a session and continue where they left off the next time.
Is it any good?
Learning Times Tables is an okay activity for kids who want to practice their multiplication skills. However, kids who are new to multiplication may get frustrated by how quickly the clock runs out on each problem. Also, the site offers no helpful feedback or guidance for kids who are struggling or need a refresher. The "rewards" options are a little lean -- kids can choose a car or an animal that will appear on their practice page. Overall, the site feels designed for money-making through ads rather than helping kids learn multiplication. There are plenty of better options for online math learning; you can pass on this one.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how technology can often make learning more fun. How does spending time on sites like this reinforce what kids learn in school?
Families can also talk about how to recognize the difference between ads and the true content of a website. How can you tell if something is an ad or not? Are there any visual clues that tell you something is an ad?
Help kids decide if a website is a credible resource for learning. Who is the creator of the website? What was their purpose in creating the site? Is the site info accurate?