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How about giving the kids 100 questions to do in silence? They might actually retain the concept that way...
cyolba, educational dinosaur :)
Or if they had an iPod touch (iPhone or iPad) each, downloaded mathstrainers for free, made a single in-app purchase for the class set (one off fee of 69p) of the place-value trainer using a single iTunes account: then they could all work in silence and be happily engaged working through levels of difficulty at their own pace (including x10, x100, /10, /100, on to x1000 and /1000).
Search iTunes for "mathstrainers".
ALEXWATTOr if they had an iPod touch
Of course, in addition to the £200 (or more) worth of tech they'll almost certainly spend more time fiddling with to find out if they can get it to do other things than actually doing the maths, they'll also need a sheet of paper and a pen/pencil to actually do the work
The earlier idea of 100 questions to do in silence really does turn out to be pretty much the best way. And it doesn't need batteries.
If they don't want to use the tech appropriately then give them the pencil and paper. Motivation is important.
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