Are you familiar with the popular educational tv series from the 70s called Schoolhouse Rock? If you are, then you know that it uses music, song, and repetition to help children and memorize information on different subjects. This is the same concept that Demografix uses in their new app Pop Tables.
Pop Tables teaches and helps children memorize the times table from 2 to 12. Each multiplication table comes with its own unique song, sung by either a male or female singer. The songs are all short and to the point, using only the numbers on the multiplication table as lyrics.
The game is really quite simple to play. As soon as app is opened, it shows a screen with twelve red balloons. Each balloon is labeled with a number from 2 to 12, which of course represents the times table. When you click on a balloon, the song for that number begins to play. As the song plays, balloons with different numbers float up the screen. The object is to identify and click on all the numbers that are multiples of the number chosen. The song plays a total of four times. The song plays with music and lyrics on the first, second, and fourth times. On the third time it only plays an instrumental version of the song. After the song plays a fourth time, the game is over. The highest score is saved and is displayed on the top right I’d the screen.
Scoring is based on how quickly the player clicks on a correct multiple. The screen is divided into top, middle, and bottom parts. Since the balloons float up, the bottom portion of the screen gives the highest score (3), the top portion gives the lowest score (1). Every incorrect multiple chosen lowers the score by the same number of points that would have been received had the correct multiple been chosen. In other words, you lose only 1 point if you click on an incorrect multiple on the top portion of the screen, but will lose 3 points if you click on an incorrect multiple on the bottom portion of the screen.
On the settings menu, you can chose to display numbers in word form. You can also choose the number of pauses allowed in the game (0-10). Pauses are 3 seconds long and give children a little time to think before the game resumes again. Finally, you can choose the speed the balloons float up on the screen.
I like this app because it is very simple and easy to use. The songs for the multiplication tables are, according to my kids, quite catchy and can definitely help with memorization. They also found it was fun trying to beat each other’s highest score.
One thing I feel is lacking in this app is visualization of the numbers as the song is being sung. It’s very hard to listen and learn the number song when different numbers are popping up the screen, often without matching the numbers being mentioned in the song. If a child is just learning their multiplication table, this can be very difficult and they will likely just end up popping the balloons on the screen for fun. It may help to have a separate lesson and game mode. The lesson mode can have the song play while the numbers being sung is shown on the screen. For example if the song says “3 and 3 is 9” then have 3 balloons with the numbers 3, 3, and 9 be displayed on the screen for the children to pop. This way they get both auditory and visual stimulation. I believe the more senses you use while learning, the better you retain things.
I would also like an option to have the balloons go up in numerical order or randomly. I would also an option to set the number of seconds a pause takes. These options will enable the game to be adjusted to children who are just beginning to learn their times table and to children who simply need to recall the times tables faster.
Overall, I think that Pop Tables can be useful for memorizing the multiplications table, specially for an auditory learner. At this time, I think it is more suited for children who are already familiar with the times tables and just need to recall the answers faster. The price of this app is high compared to other apps, and in my opinion, higher than I would be willing to pay for it. However, if you have the funds and if your child enjoys music as a learning tool, then you may want to check this out.
Pop Tables - Pop & Rock Times Table Songs & Gameby demografix pty ltd
Category: Education, Music
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 43.78 MB