Understanding Maths – Telling Time	 by appp media – Review

Understanding Maths – Telling Time by appp media – Review



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When I was reviewing Understanding Maths – Telling Time by appp media UG, I wondered what it could offer us that are not already covered in the many time telling apps available in the App Store. Well, my first impression was that it is not kiddish like most others. Cute and fun games can sometimes be distracting and overwhelming while Telling Time’s clean and minimalist look is more befitting of early elementary students. Upon closer look, I realize that it also offers many options for customizing the learning experience that are missing in other apps.

What we love…

The app reads the time in our own voice.

What we’d love to see…

Questions on time in am and pm.

Summary

This is a comprehensive learning app on telling time that is both customizable and functional. Kids will love to hear their own voice telling the time in the app.

Our Rating

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Firstly, the app can be used in 3 languages – US English (default), UK English or Deutsch. If you need to change the language, you should do so before starting to use the app by touching the globe from the main menu. Secondly, you or your children can record your own voice in telling the time by replacing all the audio or just some of the words. If you have a whole class of students using the app, each of them will love to be able to personalize their account with their own voice. Thirdly, you can choose between the formal (17:20 is five twenty p.m.) or popular (twenty after five) way of telling time. Last but most importantly, you can specify what skill each student should be working on.

The first lesson that the app teaches is the vocabulary of time. In making their own recordings, students learn about the words that are used in telling time. Their recordings can be used in an interactive Learning Clock that reads the time shown on the clock as students move the hands of the clock. This helps students get familiarized with the structure of telling the time, either using “to” and “after” (popular way) or with minutes only (formal way). When students move the hands around the clock, they also get to see the corresponding change in the day, from morning to the next day through the night on a 24-hour format.

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The 3 main learning activities in the app teach the skills of setting the analogue and digital clocks and calculating periods of time. The hands of the clock are color-coordinated with the corresponding numbers on the clock to help students make the connection. For example, if you touch the pink minute hand, the numbers in minutes show up in pink. The questions in these activites start out easy then gradually get more difficult, from setting the time to the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour and finally to blocks of 5 minutes. As students switch between the 3 learning activities, the level of difficulty of questions is synchronized across the activities. But you can adjust the level of difficulty for the individual activity as you monitor each child’s progress.

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A unique feature of this app is that students can continue to use the app in their daily routines and teachers can use it in their classrooms outside of the learning activities. The Timer and My Clock are great additions that encourage students to apply the knowledge and skills that they have learnt. The timer can also be used as a countdown tool to demonstrate how long a certain number of minutes feels like. As an added bonus, students can accumulate stars earned in the learning activities to unlock new clock faces for their clock and they can switch them around in the app.

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In summary, Understanding Maths – Telling Time is a comprehensive learning app that will teach students how to tell the time, how to set the time on the analogue and digital clocks and how to do math with periods of time at a pace that suits their ability. But what steals the show is the app’s ability to tell the time in yours or the students’ own voice. With its straightforward approach and minimalist look, it is best suited for classroom learning and practice.

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Understanding Maths – Telling Time

Understanding Math - Telling Time Understanding Math - Telling Time by appp media UG
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 42.78 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
 Zcooly Time Ranch – Practice the clock and learn how to tell time by Zcooly AB – Review

Zcooly Time Ranch – Practice the clock and learn how to tell time by Zcooly AB – Review



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What we love…

important app to teach the life skill of telling time on both analog and digital skills with an opportunity to earn virtual currency for completing tasks that you can spend or save

What we’d love to see…

multi-player option, calendar feature as well as the ability to set your own schedule

Summary

Overall, this interactive time telling app is one that will teach your kids a very important life skill – the ability to tell time!  I liked that it used a variety of clocks (analog and digital) to ensure that time telling skills can be used at any time instead of just with one specific type of clock.

Our Rating

ZCooley Time Ranch by Zcooley AB is a universal app for iOS that teaches people how to read both digital and analog style clocks.  Teaching your kids how to tell time is a really important life skill.  As we have transitioned from analog clocks to digital – at times I worry that the skill will be lost by the upcoming generation.  My son often goes over to my iPhone or device to check and see what time it is – he either clicks the home button or will ask Siri what time it is if there is not a clock handy.  ZCooley Time Ranch helps kids practice digital, analog and clock skills both with reading and practice setting the clock.  It is designed for kids from late preschool (better with digital) through elementary school.  It not only teaches you how to read and set the clock but also gives information like “quarter to”, “half past”.  The app includes a practice as well as timed mode.  As you complete the levels and earn the in-app currency (not an IAP) you can buy additional animals to take care of a new animal.

To set the clock, you tap on the clock and move the hands forward to the correct time.  One of the things I liked here was that you couldn’t accidentally move the hands backward which could be a bit confusing especially for kids just learning how to set the clock.  After you complete five clock settings correctly, the day is over.  Once you set the time, you hit a thumbs up at the bottom of the clock.  If the time is wrong, it asks you if you are sure and if you get it wrong multiple times it brings you back to the start of the level.  Each time you complete the time correctly, you feed the animals and collect the in-app coin currency for completing the task.   As the task comes closer to being completed the scene changes to nighttime.  Then the app brings up a new “note” to be completed the next day.  As you gain competence “clock” terms like “half past” are introduced” along with a visual model of what the time should look like.  You have a variety of options where you can “show” or “hide” the demonstration clock to help kids with the task.  You can turn the background music as well as the sound effects on and off.

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I really liked the visual model which showed what the clock time should look like in the easier levels and that it was presented again with new terms like “quarter to”.  I remember when I learned to tell time, we used small clocks we held in our hands and moved the hands forward.  This is a fun interactive digital twist which encourages kids to participate and understand at the moment if they have gotten the answer right or wrong.  The visual cues which also showed AM/PM were helpful for my son to understand the difference between night and day. I also liked the reward system of feeding the animals and collecting the coins to earn more animals to help keep my son motivated and moving forward within the app.  He liked that each “day” had a task you could complete and that you could go back to the app to continue working even if you needed a break.  The difficultly increases as you complete the 70 missions within the app.  The texts are spoken with clear narration which means even non readers could listen to the text along with the visual clock to use the app.    I also liked that you could move into practice which would be able to try out without worrying about getting the answer wrong.  Another thing I liked was that kids could “earn” coins for taking care of the animals – they could either use them to upgrade the pen or save for a more exotic animal like a lion.  We used this to have a conversation about how we could buy a more inexpensive item that might not last or if we should save to get the better item.  The graphics were fantastic and I liked the switch between day and night and how it moved if you were setting the clock and changed the time quickly and easily.

In terms of enhancements, it would be nice to have a multi-profile option so that a child didn’t have to restart each time and it could be used potentially in a classroom environment for practice.  It would also be great if other things like a calendar or even some sort of a schedule were added.  Another feature to add could be labeling the clock – putting the numbers at the correct location.  It did seem a bit odd at times to be feeding the animals in the middle of the night when you were completing the task.

There are no in-app purchases.  There is a link to another ZCooley app but that is protected with a parental gate which requires you to enter your year of birth before it goes through to iTunes.

Overall, this interactive time telling app is one that will teach your kids a very important life skill – the ability to tell time!  I liked that it used a variety of clocks (analog and digital) to ensure that time telling skills can be used at any time instead of just with one specific type of clock.

Zcooly Time Ranch - Practice the clock
Zcooly Time Ranch - Practice the clock
by Zcooly AB

Category: Games, Educational, Education, Simulation
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 130.14 MB

$1.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Charlie Jumped out of the Clock – Learning Story by Crayon Box – Review

Charlie Jumped out of the Clock – Learning Story by Crayon Box – Review



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Another time learning app, you say? Well, we can never have enough apps that teach kids to tell time as apps can be as varied as children are unique with different interests and needs. There is always room for more especially if your child is still not getting it or needs lots more practice and you need fresh new ideas to keep the learning going.

What we love…

Learning about time through a cute story.

What we’d love to see…

Display the time in words and allow the hour and minute hands to move only in a clockwise direction.

Summary

A unique time learning app that not only teaches the concept of time but also shows kids the purpose of knowing how to read the clock.

Our Rating

Charlie Jumped out of the Clock is a unique time learning app that presents its lessons and exercises in a storybook format that will sure to capture your child’s attention. Charlie is a cogwheel that lives inside grandpa’s clock and along with his other cogwheel friends, they turn their bodies to make time go. But one day, he jumped out of the clock and it caused the clock to stop moving. Your child has to help set the various time so that grandpa can tell what time it is and go about his daily routines.

There are 2 modes of play – children can either follow the story and learn at the same time or opt for the practice mode. In the story, children are taught the parts of the clock, the difference between the hour and minute hands, how to set the hour and then the minute, the corresponding time on a digital clock, the other ways of reading time like half past/quarter to as well as the difference between am and pm in a 24-hour day. Interactive exercises are added to reinforce the learning points throughout the story. Each section of the lessons and exercises can be repeated in sequence but you can also jump straight to specific lessons and exercises from the menu, if you wish.

The practice mode, on the other hand, brings children to a clock that displays the current time and as they move the clock hands, the corresponding time is displayed in the digital clock. It would be more realistic if the hour and minute hands are only allowed to move in a clockwise direction here.

What I like about this app is that children are shown how the clock hands move as the time passes. Children need to see how the hour hand moves in relation to the minute hand. The app also gives children an idea how long is an hour by using grandpa’s favorite tv show as an example. These details are often overlooked in other similar apps. Another helpful detail is the display of minutes in blocks of 5 on the clock face and these numbers are in the same color as the minute hand to help children make the association easily. Likewise for the hour hand.

Charlie jumped out the clock is a cute story about how grandpa depends on his clock everyday to help him follow his daily schedule. It cleverly incorporates mini time-telling lessons and exercises for readers to complete in order to move the story forward. After you have read this story with your children, why not help them draw up their own schedules and get them to practice reading the clock on a daily basis, just to be on time like grandpa?

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Charlie Jumped out of the Clock – Learning Story
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Charlie Jumped out of the Clock - Learning Story Charlie Jumped out of the Clock - Learning Story by CRAYON BOX Inc.
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 116.26 MB

$3.99USD

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
 GOZOA – The Key Quest – Review

GOZOA – The Key Quest – Review



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What we love…

Great variety of Math questions (4 math operations and time) and different levels of difficulty suitable for all elementary grades and challenging gameplay.

What we’d love to see…

More exciting rewards.

Summary

A polished platform game with just the right amount of Math distractions.

Our Rating

I have been spending the last few days exercising both my fingers and mind with Gozoa’s latest educational game app, The Key Quest and I think your kids in elementary school will love it!

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The Key Quest is actually two solid game apps in one slick package (another game will be added in May). Each consists of a platform game with lots of challenges thrown in to keep the player on his toes, with Math questions being the ultimate test.

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The story behind the Key Quest is that the Villain had captured Gozoa’s friends and Gozoa is determined to track him down and retrieve the keys that will free the friends. The first place he has to conquer is the Snowflake Isles and only when he has obtained a key here will the Golden Canyon be unlocked. It will not be an easy quest for sure. There are different Magical Obstacles to overcome, many enemies to avoid or destroy and Mathematical Assignments to complete.

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The Math Assignments on Snowflake Isles will have players perform addition and subtraction with numbers from 0-100 as well as multiplication and division with numbers 1-9. On the other hand, Golden Canyon requires the player to read time on analog and digital clocks. There are 6 different levels of difficulty (which the player can choose freely) to cater to students in all elementary grade levels. The questions within each level of difficulty are varied, randomized and plentiful.

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The games themselves are exciting and will sure to give your kids many hours of play. The Quest starts off easy in the Snowflake Isles but it gets the player warmed up for the real challenge in Golden Canyon. There are lots of action in the underground maze and you will need to use the overview map to help you see where you are now, where you are heading and how to reach there. Players can also seek guidance from Fluffy the Helper or they may want to read the game information before starting.

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The controls for making Gozoa move left/right and jump are smooth but it took me a few rounds of play to be really good at making Gozoa move faster and jump more accurately. Kids are definitely better in such physics-based platform games! My #3 completed each round effortlessly and even showed me a trick or two!

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Given how well done the games were, the rewards given in this app pale in comparison. Diamonds exchanged and earned at the end of the game are only good for buying furniture, decorative items and toys for Gozoa’s House. These may still be acceptable for lower elementary grades but older kids would expect something more exciting.

 

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With customizable levels of difficulty, this app will grow with a child’s mathematical abilities and kids of different abilities (up to 3 profiles) can share the same app. Additional features available are the options to switch to Dutch language, change the color scheme of the app as well as separate controls for music and sound effects.

Given a choice, kids will much prefer to play a mobile game then to do Math drills. The Key Quest is challenging and exciting with just the right amount of math distractions. Your elementary kids will enjoy playing The Key Quest (and practising Math) for hours.

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GOZOA – The Key Quest – Gozoa

GOZOA - The Key Quest GOZOA - The Key Quest by Gozoa
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 299.54 MB

$1.99USD

 

 

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

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