Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013
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Todo Telling Time

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Top-notch tool for teaching time, from minutes to months

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Pros: Highly effective intro to everything kids need to know about time.

Cons: Difference between a.m./p.m. isn't explained and is confusing in some activities.

Bottom Line: Well-rounded, fun learning game that's ALL about time.

The Parents screen includes a link to supplemental resources aligned to Common Core State Standards, and the developer's blog has an article highlighting ways to use Todo Telling Time in the classroom. Teachers could use the app as a whole-class activity during circle time, sharing the start screen, which shows the time on both a digital and analog clock along with a calendar page of the day of the week and date. Individual students can work at their own skill levels on time-related activities ranging from just learning the hours on the clock to adding and subtracting increments of time.

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Every aspect of Todo Telling Time puts time right in front of kids, from the start screen with the day's calendar page and current time on digital and analog clocks to the time report after each completed game. Six mini-games challenge kids to build time-telling skills and concepts. In "Days of the Week," kids order the days of the week, the months of the year, and the dates on a calendar. "Ferris Wheel" uses the ride as the face of a clock, and kids put numbered seats in the correct positions, starting with 1 to 12 and moving up five levels to 1 to 59. Kids also practice skip counting by fives to understand the minute hand on the clock. In the "Schedule" game, kids turn the hands on the clock to the specified time of day for the assigned activity: 8:00 a.m. -- "It's time for the school bus!" The challenge advances to having kids set the clock to more abstract times, like two hours past 12:00. Kids work with digital clocks in "Train Time," interpret clocks and answer quiz questions in "Time Quiz," and combine memory skills with numbers on the face of a clock in "Memory." Tapping the triangle at the bottom right of the screen pulls up a grid of all the games and levels, making it easy to go directly to the appropriate challenge. Kids (or parents) can even view a calendar showing a summary of their play each day. Kids can see a calendar -- again further reinforcing the concept of measuring time -- showing a star for each day they played Todo Telling Time, along with a summary of how long they played.

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The attention to detail in Todo Telling Time is impressive and leads kids to a thorough understanding of time -- not just telling time on a clock, but understanding schedules and adding and subtracting minutes to determine other times. The levels of the "Schedule" mini-game are based on a typical elementary child's daily routine. Kids will get a kick out of seeing bedtime inch back 15 minutes as they advance each level, just as older siblings may have later bedtimes than they do. The fifth level of that game may be confusing for kids who are thinking literally about their own routines because the events (washing clothes, putting the dog out) occur in the wee hours of the a.m., and the difference between a.m. and p.m. isn't addressed. Within each mini-game, kids can see on the bottom of the screen a schedule of their progression, how many more questions they have, and finally a time report of how long it took them to complete the level. Levels progress automatically, but kids can skip to other levels easily, both when choosing a mini-game or from within one. One mini-game works on digital clock time, but most of the focus is on understanding hours and minutes on analog clocks, making it easy for kids to transfer their time-telling skills to real clocks.

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Overall Rating
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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
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Bright colors and festive design will engage kids. They'll relate to the design as it incorporates events, like brushing teeth and eating dinner, that kids experience in a typical day.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
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Repeated use of numbers in a circle helps kids recognize numbers on a clock face. Six games that adapt to keep kids challenged teach the concept of time and telling time on digital and analog clocks.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
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Developers worked with education specialists to make Todo Telling Time accessible to kids who struggle with telling time and scheduling by incorporating supports for different learning styles.


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Great App for Students to Master Time

This app works on all concepts of time from days to the week to digital time. This is the first app I have seen that works on aspects of time. It has 6 multi-level mini games that work on different aspects of telling time. I also like that on of the mini games are a memory and quiz section. I like the kids don't get bored with app and they are continually engaged with it. It is a great app to build understanding and then continue to strengthen a student's skills.

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