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Speed with these types of skills increases the amount of material which can be completed by any student in a given amount of time. The ripple effect into mathematics related areas is astounding. Students, with good mental arithmetic skills are also much more confident in mathematics.
To ecourage students to practice with these skills on a regular basis, sound and animation might be included.
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14 years ago
Great for testing how fast students can do simple mental arithmetic. Tristan De Frondeville has written a paper describing his use of this applet in his classroom. Kids that can add ""8+6"" in less than 3 seconds do have an advantage when they get to algebra, etc.