To Master Multiplication Tables and other Math Facts:

"Kids regard it as a 'GameBoy', but it is a little computer for practicing basic math facts"
A to Z Home's Cool homeschooling website (click for more)
"perfect in every way … without a doubt, the best math resource I've ever come across"  
Old Schoolhouse Magazine (click for more)
"simple yet engaging…none of our testers (age 6 to 16) wanted to relinquish the FlashMaster"
PC Magazine (click for more)

Approximate dimensions: 7.3" X 4.3" X 0.8".
Weighs 11 ounces.

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Awards & Reviews: Table of Contents
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The New York Times
“Device Helps Make Arithmetic Appealing to the Game-Inclined”


PC Magazine
"Learn Math in a Flash"

Mary Pride in Practical Homeschooling
"Unlike other electronic drill gizmos..., the FlashMaster is a serious educational tool."

Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Detroit Free Press,
Sacramento Bee,
and Other Major Newspapers


Children’s Software Revue
REVIEWS THE FLASHMASTER AND AWARDS IT THE MAGAZINE’S 
“All Star Award”


All Star Award 2002 & 2003

Homeschool with the Web
"a better value than Turbo Twist Math[®] by Leap Frog[®]"

"Dr. Toy" (The Institute for Childhood Resources)
SELECTS THE FLASHMASTER AS A:
"Best Vacation Children's Product" for 2003



REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
T.H.E. GUIDE (The Home Educators' Guide)

RECOMMENDATION OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page


RECOMMENDATION OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
ContraCostaTimes.Com Website


REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
TheHomeSchoolMom.Com Website


EXCERPT FROM THE REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER BY MARJAN GLAVAC IN
The Busy Educator Website


COMMENTS MADE ABOUT THE FLASHMASTER BY
4HomeSchool.Info

Education Update
"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 Gameboy[®]"

REVIEW OF THE FLASHMASTER BY
Education World® 4/24/03


Users' Comments


The New York Times
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)

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40E10FB345E0C768DDDA10894DA404482
[This link is to only a shortened abstract of the article. The full article is accessible only after payment of $2.95.]

PC Magazine
Excerpts from Carol A. Mangis's May 27, 2003 Article Titled

Learn 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)

www.pcmag.com/print_article/0,3048,a=40909,00.asp
[The preceding quick link goes to only the text of the article.]
www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1047938,00.asp
[The preceding slower link goes to both the article's text and (enlargeable) photograph of the FlashMaster.]


Mary Pride in Practical Homeschooling
Excerpt from lead article in “Hot! Products” section of May/June 2003 issue (#53)
 

The 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 arithmetic skills.


Chicago Tribune & Other Major Newspapers

Chicago
Tribune (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.  (emphasis added)

The Philadelphia Inquirer (John L. Fried, July 24, 2003)

So 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.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/business/6369998.htm

Detroit Free Press (Aug. 25, 2002)

[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.

Sacramento Bee (Elizaabeth Kemper, 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)
South Florida
Sun-Sentinel
(Aug. 25, 2002)
Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel
(Aug. 26, 2002)
http://www.jsonline.com/bym/tech/news/aug02/69268.asp
News & Observer (Aug. 26, 2002)
San Diego Union Tribune (Oct. 14, 2002)


Children’s Software Revue
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:

On 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."

Math
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 math facts practice.) Visit www.flashmaster.com.

On 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".

http://www.childrenssoftware.com/pdf/csrmay02.pdf
[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.]


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. ...

http://www.homeschoolwiththeweb.com/flashmasterreview.htm
[Click on the above address to read the entire review.]


"Dr. Toy" (Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.)
(The Institute for Childhood Resources in San Francisco, California)
SELECTS THE FLASHMASTER AS A:
"Best Vacation Children's 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 Children’s
              
Product”for 2003:

                   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.


http://www.drtoy.org/2003_vacation/flashmaster_2003_v.htm
[Click on the above address to read the entire review.]

Review of the FlashMaster by
T.H.E. GUIDE (THE HOME EDUCATORS’ GUIDE)

Following 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 and assignments.

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 Organizerswww.homeschoolorganizer.com)


Recommendation of the FlashMaster by
Hoagies’ 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...

http://www.hoagiesgifted.com/smart_toys.htm

Recommendation of the FlashMaster by Annette Mixon
ContraCostaTimes.Com Website’s “Education Expert”

5/28/03

The 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.

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/living/education/ask_expert_front.htm


Review of the FlashMaster by Mary Ann Kelley, Editor
TheHomeSchoolMom.Com
(August, 2003)

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 added)

http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com



Excerpt of the Review of the FlashMaster by Marjan Glavac
The Busy Educator Website
(August, 2003)

The 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 math facts in a fun, engaging and challenging way.

http://www.glavac.com



Comments Made about the FlashMaster by Editor of
4HomeSchool.Info

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!

http://www.4homeschool.Info/FlashMaster.htm


Education Update
Excerpts from Mitchell Levine’s September 2003 magazine and website article titled

Product Review:  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.

 

http://www.educationupdate.com/archives/2003/sept03/issue/tech_flashmaster.html


Comments made about the FlashMaster by Ann Zeise in her website
A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling

Flashmaster
Kids regard it as a “GameBoy,” but it is a little computer for practicing basic math facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/materials/MathStuff.htm

Math Facts” = Multiplication Tables, Division Tables, Addition Tables, and Subtraction Tables
The FlashMaster is the key to multiplication table mastery!


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