2Simple Software Launch Tabletoons

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Introducing Tabletoons2Simple Software Launch its new times tables learning software Tabletoons, free as part of its popular Purple Mash suite of programs. The following text has been provided by 2Simple:

Educational Software Company, 2Simple, are launching a revolutionary new tool that helps children learn the 12 multiple times tables by composing and sharing their own catchy song. Tabletoons will help teachers meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 in a fun and engaging way, increasing children’s ability to remember what they learn.

Children in KS1 and lower KS2 have a selection of 17 musical animations to choose from, including a reggae, opera, pop and rock singer. Each multiplication in the table has the selected animation recall the sum using the power of music, and then the whole times table is played back to produce a table song in various musical styles.

2Simple Head of Development, Jacob Doran said: “Personalising a times table makes the learning process with Tabletoons much more interactive and creative, which we at 2Simple pride ourselves on. Children are much more likely to remember each times table as the tool is engaging and humorous with musical characters. Teachers can even review how children are doing by getting them to play the basic recall or musical chair game.”

rock_femaleTabletoons uses the theory of mnemonics to aid information retention, which is proven to be an effective memory tool. According to a study by Gerald R.Miller (1967), students who regularly used mnemonic devices increased test scores up to 77%. Mnemonics can be in an auditory form like rhyme or song or in a visual form like images or characters. Tabletoons uses both of these techniques simultaneously by singing each times table at the same time as showing the answer with groups of objects such as sweets or fruit.

By the end of year 4, pupils using Tabletoons will have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. Educational secretary, Nicky Morgan, said: “Pupils should have memorised the times tables by the end of primary schooling. We have to be ambitious for our young people. If you don’t get it right at primary, then it becomes much harder for children to catch up at secondary school.”

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Table song

As many of our schools already have Purple Mash, they may find this application a very useful free addition to the suite of programs, I found it a fun and musical way to learn and practise tables that the children will undoubtedly enjoy.