Monday, February 10, 2014
REVIEW: Learn to tell time - Fun Clock (free educational Android apps for kids)
Bottom Line: A thorough time teaching tool that provides plenty of interaction for children to have hands-on learning. The variety of activities have kids reading and manipulating the hands of an analogue clock, with the option to display a digital clock also.
Price: FREE (in-app purchases) Size: 46.35MB Number of activities: 5 in total
External links to email developer, to rate the app and to login to UNI-C (optional)
What's free: One activity (fixing clock & moving the hands)
What's not free: Extra four activities (each with 3 exercises)
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App explained: This truly is a teaching app as it comes with videos (3 at 6-7MBea) that explain all about hours and minutes and the representation of time on analogue and digital clocks. The videos can be streamed or downloaded for viewing. This would be a good way to introduce time in a classroom setting, with the videos being projected onto an interactive whiteboard. The flamingo presenters are hand-drawn graphics, with the audio provided by voice actors. The dialogue between the characters is a question-answer type of conversation to give a detailed explanation of how time is represented.
The fifth activity has exercises on one minute intervals. Having to repeat the same exercises as before means children are focusing on the new skill of learning a new time interval, rather than needing to learn a new way of displaying knowledge. While working on the exercises, children can choose to switch off the background music, learn to tell time in another language and show or hide the digital clock. There is also an option to login to UNI-C which is part of the Danish Ministry of Education.
Summary: A very useful resource for early childhood education. Children enjoy the animated cartoon character who guides them through learning to tell the time. No ads and a reasonably priced in-app purchase mean this app is value for money, with easy links to the Common Core State Standards. Another great app I will be using this year.
Phone - Samsung Galaxy S4 (Android 4.3)
Tablet - Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1" (Android 4.2.2) A glitch (mentioned earlier).
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Cas would love to find an app that not only teaches time, but also increases the number of hours in the day!