NOTTINGHAM, England, February 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Cresswell and Andy Shipman, friends since primary school, have launched a new website - http://www.timestoo.co.uk - aimed at helping children learn to love times tables and improve their multiplication skills.
Peter Cresswell, now head teacher of a UK primary school said: "I don't know about you, but when I was at school I didn't enjoy learning times tables. Today, I see on a daily basis the need for children to know their tables inside out. All too often I see children struggling with basic multiplication and that really holds them back in learning more advanced maths. That's why I developed Times Too."
Times Too is a simple web-based application that supports existing classroom practice and places a real emphasis on times tables. With great sports themed graphics and a simple, engaging style, it really helps children enjoy learning multiplication. As it's web-based, children can also log on at home and practise at the level set for them by their teacher.
"There's nothing drier than rote learning of times tables, so when Peter approached me to design Times Too, I knew we had to make it as entertaining as we could. In fact, one parent told me that her 7-year-old daughter was having so much fun playing at home, she didn't realise that she was learning at all!" commented Shipman.
The website provides both practice and test-based activities using the language, images and models that children are already familiar with in school. It asks standard, commutative and division questions to make sure that children develop a thorough understanding of these fundamental building blocks of maths.
"The children using Times Too have so far responded really well to the site and are making great progress with their tables. They absolutely love receiving the certificates that the site creates," said Dom Magner, a head teacher using Times Too.
He added: "From a teacher's perspective, Times Too is providing continuity in the teaching of times tables throughout the school. Being able to analyse the data collected across year groups is useful for planning, and the fact that there's no paperwork to deal with also makes it a pleasure to use."
Times Too is free to use by a single class or costs just GBP10 per month for the whole school to use, once more than one class begins using it.
"We want to encourage and promote the learning of times tables, which is why we priced Times Too so competitively" Cresswell said. "We hope to see a real boost in the number of children who know their times tables well, and who then go on to develop broader skills in all areas of maths."
About Times Too
Times Too, a UK based company, specialises in creating engaging web-based learning tools with global application for teachers and learners alike.
For more information - including a set of screencasts that walk you through how the site works, visit: http://www.timestoo.co.uk
Contact: Andy Shipman Times Too email@example.com +44(0)7989-852975
SOURCE Times Too