Telling The Time by The Pre School Apps Academy has many different activities for children aged five to eight to explore. Kids explore types of clocks, the clock face and hands, am and pm, and telling time - both basic and advanced. With both tutorials and questions, the app gives students both instruction and practice.
Children begin by selecting one of three activities: the clock, basic time, or advanced time. In The Clock, students learn and practice the types of clocks, what the clock face looks like, the clock hands, and am or pm. Each section has a brief written tutorial that can be read aloud by tapping the speaker button. However, beware that the narrator's voice quality if very tinny.
After the brief explanation or tutorial for each section, there are several questions. Question types are varied, with multiple choice, manipulating numbers, and moving the clock hands. Students get points for each correct answer, but the points are only accumulated, never spent.
The Basic and Advanced Time sections deal with the actual skill of telling time. The Basic level covers: o'clock, half past, quarter past, and quarter to. The Advanced level covers: 5 past/to, 10 past/to, 20 past/to, 25 past/to. Each section has a brief explanation then a selection of questions. Children tap the correct time, choose the correct clock, or set the time.
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This app covers a lot of time skills, not just telling time. I like that it covers am and pm, and found the lesson on clock types a nice touch, as our students probably don't realize how many types of clocks there are. I also liked the variety of questions in the telling time sections. Children were asked to set a clock to a specific time, choose a clock that shows a specific time, or answer multiple choice questions about the clock. This questioning style has students apply the skill in a variety of ways. I also liked that while children manipulate the clock hands to show various times, the digital time is shown below. This connects to clocks in a way that will be more familiar to students.
Overall, Telling The Time is an app that covers a wide range of time skills, from types of clocks to telling time to the 5 minutes. If you can get past the tinny voice, this app is a good teaching tool for children beginning to explore the clock.
Telling The Time is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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