Archive for April, 2011

TimesTrainer

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

We are launching the TimesTrainer. The name hopefully gives it away – it is a program to drill the times table. The idea has been that you should learn the times table by heart, to almost immediate recall. The trainer poses multiplication problems that you must answer by pressing the correct number.

It has seven levels, from Basic to Expert. At Basic level, you only train 2×2, 2×3 and 3×3, at Expert level you must master the full table. You must answer the problem before the clock (the yellow cheese) runs out. At each level, the clock initially runs slowly, then faster. The idea is to require almost immediate recall before you move on to other problems. The pressure you feel from the ticking clock also has the effect of giving the trainer a slightly game-like feel.

We have used free sounds from SoundBible.com, a highly recommendable source of sound effects.

Update May 11th: Finally available in the App store, after a long week waiting for review. I hope this link works: http://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/timestrainer/id434446864?mt=8

About ipamki recall

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

We are Christian and Astrid, and we are launching ipamki recall as a hobby project. We feel that there could be a niche for programs that practise specific recall tasks, such as the times table, the gender of nouns in German, chinese signs etc, on a very accessible platform such as the smartphone.  Some computer learning programs wrap the learning content in a childrens’ universe with animated characters etc. Other programs attempt a very comprehensive learning experience, and also teaches complex material. We will try to go for recall tasks only, so our programs will only be supplements to broader learning experiences. However, ambitious programs in computer learning have generally not been very succesful, and maybe there is use for programs that can be accessed rapidly to train narrow recall skills for 5-10 minutes.