Did you stress over the 12 times table as a child?
A new app developed at iAccelerate makes it easy to learn by using animation to educate children.
Education Through Animation was founded two years ago by Michael Rix who as engineer enjoyed a 26 year career working for companies such as Rio Tinto, WMC, BHP and South32.
Prior to his career change Mr Rix managed 2000 employees and revenue in excess of $1 billion per annum.
He said he had always been interested in maths and wished there had been something like the new app around when he was a child. It would have also helped him help his own children with their homework.
After finishing with South 32 Mr Rix pursued his dream of developing an app to help children to learn and not be scared of mathematics.
After two years of developing the app as a resident business at iAccelerate it has just gone live and will give every child the opportunity to learn multiplication within days, not years.
Mr Rix said Times Tables Made Easy is now available for download from the App Store and Google Play on all mobile tablets and phones.
"The app was developed using local artists, voice actors and animators," he said.
"It stars 13 adorable animals who each teach and coach the students through a times table.
"It's designed to both teach the times tables and also give students the skill of "number sense"; which is the ability to turn harder math problems into easier ones"
Mr Rix said an example of how easy the app makes math problems was children's response to the 12 times table.
He said many stress over that one in their primary school years. But not any more.
Mr Rix said children using the app are taught that 12 times is the same as 10 times plus 2 times.
"They just calculate 10 times by placing a zero on the end, 2 times by doubling and then add these together to solve 12 times," he said.
The end result is the children not only become more confident in multiplication they also become more confident in their overall math ability.
"They start to think that really do have a "math brain"."
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