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The New York Times
“Device Helps Make Arithmetic Appealing to the Game-Inclined”
Math in a Flash"
Mary Pride in Practical Homeschooling
other electronic drill gizmos..., the FlashMaster is a serious
Chicago Tribune, The
Philadelphia Inquirer, Detroit Free
Sacramento Bee, and Other
Children’s Software Revue
REVIEWS THE FLASHMASTER AND AWARDS IT THE MAGAZINE’S
“All Star Award”
All Star Award 2002 & 2003
better value than Turbo Twist Math[®]
by Leap Frog[®]"
(The Institute for Childhood Resources)
THE FLASHMASTER AS A:
Children's Product" for 2003
REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER
T.H.E. GUIDE (The Home Educators' Guide)
RECOMMENDATION OF THE FLASHMASTER
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
RECOMMENDATION OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
EXCERPT FROM THE REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
MARJAN GLAVAC IN
Busy Educator Website
MADE ABOUT THE FLASHMASTER BY
"a godsend for any
parent or a schoolage child ... actually quite addictive"
A to Z
Home's Cool Homeschooling (Ann Zeise) Website
"Kids regard it as a
REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER
Excerpts from Susan Stellin’s August 15, 2002 Article Titled
STUDY AIDS; Device Helps Make Arithmetic
Appealing to the Game-Inclined
If you suspect that all those electronic gadgets for children are only good for wasting time with games, check out the FlashMaster, a digital alternative to flashcards that helps teach basic math skills.
… Its gamelike attributes make arithmetic surprisingly engaging. … At the end of a practice session or a test, the total score is displayed. Snooping parents can push a button to see the results of the last nine activities; another button calls up drills in problems that were answered incorrectly. (emphasis added)
[This link is to only a shortened abstract of the article. The full
article is accessible only after payment of $2.95.]
Excerpts from Carol
A. Mangis's May 27, 2003 Article Titled
Math in a Flash
Kids who are learning math basics-addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division-can hone their skills with the FlashMaster,
a simple yet engaging handheld computing device. You can practice in
several customizable modes
.... The FlashMaster gives feedback after each activity and remembers
results of the previous nine activities. Surprisingly, it really is fun
to use; none of our testers (age 6 to 16) wanted to relinquish the FlashMaster. (emphasis added)
[The preceding quick link goes to only the text of the article.]
[The preceding slower link goes to both the article's text and
(enlargeable) photograph of the FlashMaster.]
Mary Pride in
lead article in “Hot! Products” section of
May/June 2003 issue (#53)
& Other Major Newspapers
academic area homeschool kids are worst at, according to the
results of national standardized tests:
timed arithmetic drill.
What the Flashmaster is: a hand-held electronic math
drill product that kids can operate on their own. ... Unlike
other electronic drill gizmos we've seen, the FlashMaster is a
serious educational tool. ... Obviously a lot of love
and a lot of engineering went into this product! ...[H]ere
is a quick and easy, highly motivational, way to speed up those
(James Coates, Sept. 23, 2002)
If you know a youngster who needs a kick start to
do basic arithmetic, point … to www.flashmaster.com …where … Flashmaster
LLC offers a … simple gadget to coach …
multiplication tables, basic
addition, subtraction and division. …
The $50 FlashMaster is an 11-ounce gadget … that handles all the
drills that earlier generations learned by grade school flashcards. …
The thing takes on a gamelike feel … to reward or prod the user. Sounds
can be muted and … an earphone jack that can be used in the car on
family trips. … a fine tool.
Fried, July 24, 2003)
now we have the electronic answer to
... flash cards to teach children math. And a
good thing, too: This 11-ounce
hand-held computer can do all sorts of things that paper flash cards
cannot. ... It can display a variety of addition, subtraction,
division and multiplication exercises. It allows children to work by
themselves, but retains their work so parents or teachers can review it
later. It can be set to give timed practices or timed tests.
Detroit Free Press (Aug. 25,
[C]heck out the FlashMaster …. This 7-by-4 inch
hand-held device can be set for practice sessions or tests in addition,
subtraction, multiplication or division at various skill levels, Once
an activity and a skill level are selected, a series of problems appear
on the screen. … The FlashMaster responds to answers with screen
messages and sounds that can be muted when necessary.
July 27, 2003)
FlashMaster, the winner of many awards ..., is a handy
little $49 machine that can help with basic addition up to ... division.
... [Y]our kids will figure out how it works before you do, so
just let 'em at it. Luckily the machine keeps track of missed problems.
Kids are given the missed equation(s) ... until they get it right, and
you get to keep track of progress. My third-grade niece played with
this for days before she realized she was doing homework, and my
sister learned a lot about what areas need the most amount of attention.
Other Favorable Reviews in:
Santa Cruz Sentinel
(Aug. 19, 2002)
Children’s Software Revue
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
(Aug. 25, 2002)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Aug. 26, 2002)
News & Observer
(Aug. 26, 2002)
San Diego Union Tribune
(Oct. 14, 2002)
Reviews the FlashMaster and Awards It the Magazine’s
“All Star Award”
All Star Award
2002 & 2003
Following is what the May/June 2002 issue said about the FlashMaster:
page 6, under "Smart Toys... Smart Kids", the magazine lists,
by subject area, recommendations for summer-vacation use: "Here's a
roundup of our favorite skill-boosting gadgets that the kids will
actually want to use."
There are two well-designed gadgets that will help children enhance both
speed and accuracy of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
skills. FlashMaster (4.4 stars, FlashMaster LLC, ages 6-up, $,
307-733-8577, www.flashmaster.com) is a lightweight, compact, handheld
device that quizzes kids on their number facts. It's very easy to use,
and quite customizable. You can select from all four operations
(addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and can zero-in on
specific fact families. Progress is recorded in a memory bank that shows
the results of the last nine activities. We found the gadget very
intuitive, well labeled, and sturdy, too, with large keys and easy to
read LCD screen. [The paragraph then describes Turbo Twist Math by
LeapFrog as the second and only other recommendation for math. Both this
product and the FlashMaster are shown (on pages 20 and 21 as winners of
the "All Star Awards", but Turbo Twist Math is classified as "Early
Elementary" and the FlashMaster as "Upper Elementary (grades 3-5)".]
Then on page 16 under "Smart Toys" (accompanied by a color
photo of the FlashMaster):
FlashMaster LLC … Smart
Toy--This lightweight, compact (4" x 8") handheld device quizzes kids on
their number facts. It's very easy to use and quite customizable. You
can select from all four operations (addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division) and can zero-in on specific fact families.
Progress is recorded in a memory bank that shows the results of the last
nine activities. We found the device very intuitive, well-labeled, and
sturdy, too, with large keys and easy to read LCD screen. Sound effects
can be turned on and off. In appearance, the device resembles a
calculator, which we see as a strength in that older kids won't be put
off by a toy-like look. We wished there was a sign-in feature to track
individual children's progress, but this is a minor issue for home use.
If your child needs extra, straightforward practice on
math facts, we
highly recommend this product. (Keep it in the car for some quick
facts practice.) Visit www.flashmaster.com.
page 21, the FlashMaster is listed under "Upper Elementary
(grades 3-5)" as the winner of the magazine's "All Star Award"
(sometimes also referred to as the "All Star Software" award) "based on
the recommendations of CSR editors and testers".
[This link may be time-consuming since it is to the entire May/June 2002
issue of Children's Software Revue.
The three locations where the FlashMaster is addressed can be found by
scrolling to pages 6, 16 and 21.]
(Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.)
Home School with the Web
Excerpts from review of July 17, 2003
No more missing flashcards!
We were pleasantly surprised at the quality and functionality of FlashMaster. ... All of the children who tested the FlashMaster in our trial were able to figure out approximately 85% of it on their own in under 15 minutes. They reported it as being fun
to use, game-like and much more interesting than flash card drills.
We ... found a better value than Turbo Twist Math[®] by Leap Frog[®] ... well thought out in design, versatile and very useful. ... so many features to FlashMaster that they can not all be covered in a short review. ...
[Click on the above address to read the entire review.]
Institute for Childhood Resources in San Francisco, California)
SELECTS THE FLASHMASTER
Product" for 2003
Following is an excerpt from “Dr. Toy’s” comments about the FlashMaster
when it was
selected by the Institute for Childhood Resources as
a “Best Vacation
The FlashMaster is a fun 11-ounce handheld computer with a
large, clear display that helps children—
essentially on their own—master the basic
math facts in
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
... It enables the busy parent to check quickly and in detail
the work that their child has done. This product
comes highly recommended. It will help your child to improve
their mathematical abilities and gain confidence.
the above address to read the entire review.]
the FlashMaster by
(THE HOME EDUCATORS’ GUIDE)
is what the August 2002 issue said about the FlashMaster:
Quite often we receive
emails and letters to review websites for home educating products and
services. Now, for at least one of our students (!!), math isn’t exactly
the subject of choice, but a necessary evil! A few months ago, a product
came along claiming to help a child master
math facts in flash card
style but with a handheld computer.
The day we received the
FlashMaster, every one of us had to check it out! It only took a few
seconds to study the layout, choose a learning activity, a problem type,
whether timed or not, and ‘Start’! Of course, there are many other
options to choose from. Bottom line, this is a great tool for your
student to take anywhere, anytime. Just a few minutes a day helps
your student to master their
math facts. The best part is, they’ll have
fun and a second person doesn’t have to be around to flash the cards or
check the answers! Feedback is immediate.
We’ve used different
learning aides in the past: flash cards, “multiplication bingo”,
“multiplication wrap-ups”, and other tools. Each one has helped in
varying degrees. The FlashMaster is a great learning tool, even when
it’s just “lying around” for someone to pick up just to “doodle” with
for a few minutes. After all, isn’t home schooling quite often a child
learning when they do not realize they are learning?! The FlashMaster
is a good replacement for your traditional flash cards.
Here’s the lowdown on the
FlashMaster (taken from their website, www.flashmaster.com):
It’s easy to understand
and operate. On their own, students master addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division. No more than 10 minutes per day is required
of the student, with minimal supervision (none during practice). The
“See Results” key makes it easy to evaluate in detail at any time and
anywhere, each of the 9 latest “activities”. Timed or untimed tests may
be taken. You can even print a form from their website to record results
Students are motivated
by the automatic display of results at the end of each activity and by
later “reviewability” of 9 activities by you. It is an extremely
efficient use of your students’ time. There is no time wasted by
distracting computer games, by unnecessary keystrokes, or by tedious and
time-consuming “rewards”. Your student really can use the FlashMaster
anywhere and at any time—the car, the kitchen, break time, campouts,
during TV commercials, etc.
The FlashMaster really is
a unique and fun math aide. Visit their website today to see a picture
of the FlashMaster and read about all its many uses. It comes with a
100% money back guarantee. Remember, Christmas is coming up, too!
(Note: In case you’re
wondering, we do not receive any compensation whatsoever from
Flashmaster LLC. We just thought it was a really neat educational tool
to share with you!)
Written by Ericka &
Craig Brown of THE HOME EDUCATORS’ GUIDE (a monthly publication of
Home School Organizers—www.homeschoolorganizer.com)
Recommendation of the FlashMaster by
Gifted Education Page
A toy, a learning tool... both. FlashMaster
replaces flash cards for +-*/
math facts. Use it with or without the
timer (or make it longer, for kids who need some limits, but a little
more time), with or without sound effects, problems that are missed can
be run separately in "missed problems." Change the format of the
problems, putting the "variable" in any position. This is a great tool,
that's great fun, even for our twice exceptional friends...
Recommendation of the FlashMaster by
Website’s “Education Expert”
FlashMaster is a handheld 11-ounce computer that helps students learn
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
math facts. We
use the FlashMaster at our [Sylvan Learning] Center in Lafayette and the
kids love it! It costs around $50 and is worth the price. You can
purchase this device on their website: www.flashmaster.com. If you are
looking for an avenue to break up the flashcard routine, I strongly
recommend this product. It would be a great way to help your child
keep up on math facts over the summer.
Review of the FlashMaster by Mary Ann Kelley, Editor
This summer I had the
opportunity to test a new math resource called the FlashMaster. At first
glance I was unsure of how my girls would react to this little
electronic device. The FlashMaster measures about 5"x7" and has the
ability to give timed tests, timed practice, and timed flashcards. It
also has the ability to drill addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division tables either in order and out of order. Because it offers both
timed and untimed functions, it is easy for children to use in a way
that makes them most comfortable. It looks quite busy, with several rows
of buttons and lots of notations. Undaunted, my 5 year old grabbed it
from me and within a couple of minutes (and with a little help from her
mom with the reading part), she had deduced how to set up the
FlashMaster to quiz her on
math facts at her ability level. Without
any instructions from me (which is how the teacher's guide recommends
introducing the FlashMaster), my 8 year old figured it out completely.
The FlashMaster quickly became a favorite take along for long car rides
and waiting at ballet lessons, among other times.
If I just tuck it in my bag without a word, the children quickly spy its
familiar shape and ask to play with it.
The FlashMaster is $ and includes a 60-day money back guarantee
(which includes a refund of shipping and handling). (emphasis
Excerpt of the Review of the FlashMaster by Marjan
FlashMaster is a lightweight (11 ounce), handheld, easy to use
electronic device that has an incredible number of features to help
students with their math facts including: 6 learning activities, 8 per
activity time limits, 10 per problem time limits, 9 levels and 10 or
more tables for each of its 4 arithmetic operations, 3 problem formats,
ability to practice the 15 most recently missed problems, a very useful
guide for teachers and parents and more.
The FlashMaster ... will help students ages 7 and up with their
facts in a fun, engaging and challenging way.
Made about the FlashMaster by Editor of
We received our FlashMaster two days ago. Yes, the kids are
fighting over who gets to do math! They love it! My second
grader is actually taking the initiative to teach herself new math
problems. The FlashMaster lets me go in and check all her scores
for that session of playing too. I keep a running track of it, and
it is proof they are both learning the basics of math with this little
wonder! Great way to teach with Fun Learning!
We are on month two with our FlashMaster. It is great! My
second grader is taking to multiplication like it was child's play!
from Mitchell Levine’s September 2003 magazine and website article
Flashmaster Electronic Math Tutorial
This tutorial device is a godsend for any parent of a schoolage child
.... [T]his surprisingly diverting resource is actually quite addictive.
The Flashmaster has received
rave reviews from such diverse and venerated pillars as Education Week,
The New York Times, and Mary Pride in Practical Homeschooling (when's
the last time all of them agreed on anything)? Education Update
recommends that any parent, teacher, or home educator with school-age
children allows their child to develop the computational confidence that
comes with basic mastery, while hav[ing] a disconcerting amount of fun
while doing it.
made about the FlashMaster by Ann Zeise in her website
A to Z
Home's Cool Homeschooling
Kids regard it as a “GameBoy,” but it is a
little computer for practicing basic
math facts: addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division.
Multiplication Tables, Division Tables, Addition Tables, and Subtraction Tables
The FlashMaster is the key to