WHAT IS TIMES ALIVE
We received a six-month subscription to Online Times Alive to check out. Online Times Alive is designed for use on a computer and what’s cool is that it tracked an unlimited number of students on that computer. The only downside is that you can’t use it on multiple computers because the results are saved on the hard drive. If a family wants to use the program on two computers they would need two subscriptions. The subscription is a monthly subscription and can be canceled anytime by the user.
The Online Times Alive program also is available as an app. We used it on our iOS system and it was very user-friendly. We liked this option for the touchscreen ability.
The program is easy to use by the student without much direction from the parent. The program tracks the student’s progress including time, date, score, and lesson completion which can be viewed by the parent anytime by logging into the student record.
The Online Times Alive program teaches all the times tables from 0 to 9. The program uses cartoons, songs, stories, and memory aids to teach the times tables. Additionally, there are movies, interactive games, and progress checks to reinforce what the student learns. The use of visual clues and mnemonics is an integral part of the program.
USING THE PROGRAM
We used the program several times a week with our 9-year-old who is learning to be quicker with his multiplication tables. The program was engaging and colorful, which he liked. He is pretty solid on his skip counting, which he uses when he gets stuck, but he wants to get quicker at his multiplication table recollection.
The stories were interesting and he seemed to like the songs and silly stories to help remember some of the facts. For instance, the 8×8 talked about snowmen and the 3×3 talked about Three Blind Mice and Blind rhyming with 9. My son didn’t think they rhymed but…he still remembered it.
The progress checks weren’t too long so he was able to get through them, though, as usual, he did not like being timed. But what was nice about the program is that there wasn’t an obvious clock ticking away the timer so he didn’t get too stressed about being timed which was good.
After moving through the program, he was definitely getting quicker at some of the multiplication facts. We liked the ease of use and especially that we could use it in with the app. The mnemonics were good and my son didn’t mind some of the silly ways to help with memorization. He was happy to see that he was getting more done faster after using the memorization skills taught in Times Alive. I can see us continuing to use the app through the subscription and would certainly look into it with other students when they are ready for it.
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