This is intended to be used as a whole class tool with a projector.
Give the pupils a piece of scrap paper, tell them NOT to write their name on it.
The first time for each class give no other instructions; they won't do well because they will not be fast enough.
Then explain that they should write down just the answers, no questions and not even question numbers!
Tell them to look at the board all the time and not at their paper, say 'your handwriting will be horrible! But it doesn't matter because that paper is going in the bin, no one will see it.'
Then do the exercise again. There will be a big improvement.
Use this for about ten to fifteen minutes every lesson.
After each session get the pupils to add up their score, you could then ask for hands up as answers to the following:
"Put your hand up if you got any right"
"Keep your hand up for at least five"
"...at least ten"
"...at least twenty"
and so on.
This page of the website is a development of a suite of programs written for use in my school, a British comprehensive age 11 to 18.
It was also used in a number of other secondary schools and primary schools.
The intention is to promote competence in mental mathematics
It was found to work well with pupils in the top 85% of achievement / ability. It is not a suitable tool for the very weakest.
I think the anonymity of 'not writing your name on the paper and consigning it to the bin afterwards' helps promote confidence.
You must judge for yourself which features to use with which children.
I will add features over the next couple of months including some which are suitable for the most able 16 year olds.
Their may be some problems with the speech synthesis. Let me know if you have a problem Also tell me if you have an idea for inclusion firstname.lastname@example.org
The original software can be downloaded from the downnload page.