I may not do a lot with teaching math in my job, but this app I will share with a number of my special education teachers as another tool to help special needs students understand multiplication.
Visual Multiplication Table app for iPad only is currently free. One of her many educational math apps, Esa Helttula provides visual and interactive methods of understanding multiplication in her Visual Multiplication Table app.
The app provides four different ways to work with a multiplication table:
– Table: Explore the multiplication tables.
– Groups: See the multiplications as visualizations.
– Multiples: See how each number has an unlimited number of multiples.
– Solve: Scramble and solve the multiplication table. I could image this as an alternative, inclusion lesson for students being exposed to multiplication. This might be a method a student with a physical disability who can not physically manipulate objects can engage in multiplication concepts.
Help for how the app works is easily accessible with the ? at the bottom left if you are not quite sure what to do. The app is easy to navigate and easy to engage in.
One of the wonderful things about apps on an iDevice is its low scale presence in a classroom. As an inclusionary method, students can remain at their desk and engage in a content appropriate activity with minimal start-up time! Certainly there are other manipulative ways to present multiplication concepts that may be important for a kinesthetic learner. For a special education teacher moving from class to class, apps on an iPad become a wonderful eTool Kit for all kinds of educational needs (eBag of Tricks?) and in almost any environment.
Here is a video of the app:
Currently free, check out Visual Multiplication Table app and consider if this will become an eTool in your iTool Kit or eBag of Tricks! If you won’t be using it, pass it on to a teacher who might! If you like this app, Esa Helttula also has a variety of educational math apps on her website, idevbooks.com you might want explore.
More for your eTool or iTool Kit!
I particularly like this well-done post with an excellent selection since I started my adult life as a math-science teacher, with a side in the resource room, and at times we would tear our hear out trying to help the students really comprehend, rather than memorize, what they were doing with multiplication. There was touch math and stories and counters and beans–but here, in a different lifetime, an app can do more for those children who struggled than all our standing-on-our-head efforts. Helpful video, too.