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Multiplication tables plays an important role in learning Mathematics. Children have a fear of learning them. Technology has helped teachers by offering interesting tools/games/software for helping children to learn concepts and practise.
Have you ever used any strategy for learning Multiplication tables?
Please share.
Here are some interesting links
1. Times tables generator

2.Here is an interesting downloadable Math game which may be used for practising tables. I find it different and challenging too.
Try it!
Valgetal Falling Numbers 3.23

3.Another one is Multiplication Master...
Free multiplication tables practice software.
Fast, simple and easy to use for budding multiplication masters of all ages!
Keeps your score so you can see how well you're doing.
Single table mode lets you focus on one multiplication table at a time - the fastest way to improve
Random feature tests you against all the multiplication tables
Includes reference tables to help you learn multiplication tables fast
Unlimited use. Practice as many multiplications as you want, as often as you want.
Completely free. No charge for this software - ever.

Here is the link to download.

4. This one is learn MathMatic JuniorMathmatic is a program for learning and drilling multiplication tables 1 through 12. It is dedicated to that unique task and it does it thoroughly. MathMatic generates and PRINTS DRILL SHEETS. The user can choose between Mental and Written learning modes and use the timer to measure performance. MathMatic's sounds and colors are fully user definable. The Junior Edition is Freeware and is directed towards young students (multipliers bound to low values).

5. A free multiplication program for kids... MULTIPLICATION FACTS lets you learn and practice the basic times tables using the numbers zero through twelve. And it's FREE! MULTIPLICATION FACTS lets you work with any digit(s) you choose. Review times tables, see graphic representations of problems, or take speed drills. The program grades your performance and provides feedback. Print worksheets for practice away from the computer.

6. Checkout Times tables activities,games and worksheets ...quite interesting!!

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Technology is there to support teachers in creating resources according to the need. I was looking for some tool for creating visual representation of multiplication tables. Here is an example of representation of multiplication table of 3 , created using UnFREEz.

There are a couple of games on Math Playground that make practicing multiplication facts more fun for students.

http://mathplayground.com/balloon_invaders.html
http://mathplayground.com/spaceracer_multiplication.html
Quite interesting Colleen. Thanks 4 sharing.
Our favourite times tables resource at the moment is multiplication.com which has loads of games - variety being the spice of life. Ed-tech sites such as this have really helped make interactive, instant reponse, overlearning much more palatable. I wonder however, if over using ed-tech for learning times table is just as much of a problem as not using 21C tools.

In my school teachers are using two particular techniques to good effect to practise times tables. Firstly a grid we call 'table torture' the first column and top row are filled with numbers, as many of the products as possible are filled in in 3 minutes. Secondly, 'Table Challenge' where two children, each at the front of a line, face the teacher and answer teacher times table questions in a knock out competition. Moving to the back of the line if the are correct or faster, sitting down if they are wrong or too slow.

Forgive my ramblings, thinking out loud.
I love to use the National Math Bee as an after school club for 3rd & 4th graders to solidify math facts. The National Competition is the first weekend in May and I've taken teams the past few years.
I'm currently working with my grade 5 daughter to master the basic facts ..... she is enjoying using the space race on http://www.quizlet.com. This is a site everyone should check out!
My kids learned the multiplication tables by Skip Counting and then by playing the games 24 and Yahtzee. I found that by playing these games together they played much longer and had a wonderful time interacting with eachother. When we tried computer games they were soon bored and quickly moved onto other sites. It is tempting to think that computers can teach our children but I find they learn better when interacting with humans.
An interesting game Times tables
Awesome representation! I'm going to look into that program. So many possibilities.

Rashmi Kathuria said:
Technology is there to support teachers in creating resources according to the need. I was looking for some tool for creating visual representation of multiplication tables. Here is an example of representation of multiplication table of 3 , created using UnFREEz.

Multiplication is nothing but repeated addition. Children should be made to have a clear understanding of this.
It will help them to have a clear understanding of its application in real life problem later in life.
For eg. 1 apple costs Rs. 5. How much does 3 apples cost ? And so on...

Montessori materials are very good as they allow the children to explore and learn at their comfortable pace. They have multiplication table in a Square grid with nos from 1 to 10 alongside one of the length and breadth. The answers are placed in the lower grids corresponding to each set of nos.

For eg. To find 5 x 6 -> place the right index finger on 5 on the top and the left index figer on the number 6 on the left side. Bring the Right index finger down and the left index finger to the right till they meet. That will point to the answer - 30.

Also, one can create 100 board with 1 to 10 in the first line, 11 to 20 on the second line, 21 to 30 on the third line and so on till 91 to 100 in the last line.

Have some coloured bottle caps of 5 colors .

For 2 tables, ask the child to place coloured bottle caps on the numbers. The caps should be placed in the same color sequence in each line. For eg, in the first line, cover 2 with Green, 4 with Blue, 6 with Red, 8 with Yellow and 10 with Black. In the next line, 12 should be covered with Green, 14 with Blue, 16 with Red, 18 with Yellow and 20 with Black and so on.

At the end, the child sees the pattern formed by these caps. It gives a different perspective to numbers and the multiplication tables.

3 multiplication tables comes with diagonal lines. Similarly the others.
In the first year of primary school in the U.K. in 1961 we used Cuisenaire rods to learn addition, each color representing a number. We had chalk and slate boards and didn't get paper until 2nd year.Then we learned multiplication by rote; the whole class reciting tables in unison, like poetry. Repeating week after week in series, we eventually reached the 12 times tables. Why not have the pupils construct their own multiplication tables, I remember creating one out of two card disks, the top disk had a radial slot, where you could view a wedge shaped column of the multiplication table below. I also designed a working cardboard slot machine around age 10, so guess that I had an intuitive concept of probability too. Log and Trig tables were standard issue in Grammar school in the 70's. Tables have always been part of engineering. For example in electronics, the values of 10% tolerance resistors: 10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 27, 33, 39, 47, 56, 68, 82 make an interesting data set for various mathematical and practical experiments, including construction of tables for serial and parallel combinations. Our overall primary education was quite creative. Rote learning was only a small part of it, but it was the foundation for learning arithmetic.
Even before understanding multiplication as repeated addition, I think that student should be aware that operator are relations/association/mapping from R² to R.

First learn them the addition and emphasis the fact that we could use another symbol that "+" to mean "addition".
Write some expression with the new symbol acting as "+". This is a good time asking why this is so important that everyone use same convention.

You should then show them the operator

This operator could for example associate two numbers to their maximum, eg. :
3 7 = 7

8 5 = 8

You can also show them operator which use association table and that exist only for a small range of numbers (eg. Natural smaller than 10).

Like this :
1 2 3 4
1 3 4 5 1
2 4 2 1 3
3 5 1 3 2
4 1 3 2 4
In that case, we've to read the association table :
34=2

You can also show that operator can act on other entity than numbers. It will show that numbers are only symbols.

Once they get convince that an operator is somewhat a function taking two arguments and associating this couple to an item of a given set then they will be able to understand multiplication as repetitive addition and wondering about repetitive multiplication and exponentiation ('tetration' in french like ³4=4294967296).

It's easier to learn pure abstract stuff then applying them to real world than the reverse.
The down side is that you take more time to learn.
But once concept are mastered you can extend them or specialize them to match a given situation.

Learning by earth or learning with black holes is not a good idea. It's good if you don't care otherwise you will get stuck in advanced theory which use basic principle. So basic that they became "expert stuff" ! One example is adding two number in radix 7. Most people will convert to radix 10, sum and convert back.
These people does NOT masterise the sum in radix 10.

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