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Flash Action Software--Addition/Subtraction (ages 6-up), ISBN 0-88743-632-3; Multiplication/Division (ages 8-up), ISBN 0-88743-633-1. (Computer Materials).

Flash Action Software--Addition/Subtraction (ages 6-up), ISBN 0-88743-632-3; Multiplication/Division (ages 8-up), ISBN 0-88743-633-1. CD-ROM, $19.99 ea. Requirements: 24 MB of RAM, 4x CD-ROM drive; Macintosh: System 7.5.5 or higher; Windows: 95, 98, or higher, 16-bit sound card. School Zone Publishing Co., P.O. Box 777, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

Practicing mathematics facts is this software's focus. Students can compete against another person or against the clock as a motivation to recall basic facts from 0 to 12 accurately and quickly. Between rounds, graphics are used as motivators. The bright colors, background music, and program operation remind me of pinball machines.

An interesting feature is the electronic times table, where lines intersect to show a fact family on the grid; the related mathematics sentences are then listed. Students can access this grid while doing the timed test or during the two-player game. The user can test all the facts of a given number, say, the 7s facts, but I could not get the timer to run for this approach. The percent score and time given at the end of each round can be printed, allowing students to chart their progress.

This software is likely to appeal to students who like competition and need to practice basic facts. The installation was simple, and technical support for School Zone programs is available during standard weekday hours.--Catherine Kaduk Ranch View School, Naperville, IL 60540.

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Author:Kaduk, Catherine
Publication:Teaching Children Mathematics
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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