Posted By: pixelcrunchr On: Jun 15th, 2012 In: iOS Devices Mobile

Once Upon a Times Table…

Once upon a Times, there were twin boys who loved everything Apple. Using text-to-speech for spell checking, solving interactive puzzles, and chopping fruit with Ninja like efficiency. As a tool for learning, it’s potential needed to be explored.

Our Story starts with a simple premise, encouragement. When my sons were struggling with retaining multiplication functions from memory, there teachers recommended practicing multiplication tables. We set out to engage our boys in a better experience for learning multiplication.

We explored the various device and online multiplication applications and traditional book approaches, finding that most of them either required external motivation from us, or had experiences that became de-motivating upon repeated use. As an application designer and developer, I set out to create a better learning experience for them.

Our Boys, as with most of their peer group, are motivated by rewards, learning and engaging with ideas on there terms, and exploration via gameplay. The essence of the experience is Multiplication in table form, iterating thru each grid cell to recognize and learn the patterns of multiplication. Achievements represent goals and accomplishments along the path of learning, engaging students with frequent positive feedback, while parents can track learning progress.

Progressing thru the table in a linear, or adjacent cell pattern, leverages addition to learn multiples of each row. While a Random progression, along with tracking time, cultivate applied memory retention.

Functns works for us, and we recognize that this may not be the solution for every child. As Parents, Teachers and Students, we look forward to hearing your feedback so we can improve functns, and include many other mathematical functions and concepts which could use a fresh approach to learning. We are committed to improving functns based on the people who know us best, our Students. Please send us a message by clicking here.