iProcrastinate

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Well-structured time-management tool; too complex for some.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to break down long-term projects into smaller, more manageable parts. They also can prioritize due dates for projects, homework, studying, and at-home requirements. Though the amount of text and level of detail might be too much for some kids, others will enjoy taking control of assignments and feeling organized rather than overwhelmed. iProcrastinate goes beyond the school planner and helps kids approach responsibilities in bite-size chunks.

Ease of Play

In general, the interface is very user-friendly and color-coded for easier use, but ability to add lots of detail may overwhelm some users.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iProcrastinate is a powerful, highly organized task-management tool designed to help users prioritize daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. Kids can add specific steps for each task, organize their tasks based on subject (such as classes), and can create a print out of nightly to-do lists. iProcrastinate may be too text-heavy for younger users or for kids with print processing delays; however it may be a great tool for kids who need a highly structured task-management system. Note that the developer's website says the app won't be supported after July 2015.

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What's it about?

IPROCRASTINATE opens to an empty schedule with preset, color-coded categories on the left of the screen. Users can add subjects to the preloaded list by pressing the "+" sign next to "Subjects." To add tasks, kids tap the subject and then the "+" sign. Then kids create a name, add a note, include specific steps involved, decide on the priority (low, medium, or high), add a due date, and choose whether it's a repetitive event.

Once created, the event will show up in the center of the screen, in order of ascending due dates, and kids can sort by "Due Today," "Due Tomorrow," "Upcoming," and "Overdue" tasks. They also can get an overview of the entire month. By clicking on the share icon, kids can print their daily task lists, save them to their local devices, email them to friends or family, or upload themt to their Dropbox account. As kids complete a task, they can mark it in IPROCRASTINATE by clicking on the task and then clicking on the "complete" status on the far right. They also can show completed tasks by pressing "Edit" in the center of the screen and checking the box that appears.

Is it any good?

iProcrastinate is a solid task-management platform that can help kids break down large projects into smaller tasks. Some kids may find the text-heavy features overwhelming, but the color-coded system may help. Also, tasks are listed in as many categories as they fit, which may confuse some users at first. For kids who struggle to get started on projects, iProcrastinate may provide the perfect amount of prompting and support to get them started.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which tasks are a part of each member's daily or nightly routine. Remember to include leisure activities. Discuss which tasks each person sees as the most important and compare.

  • Ask kids to guess how much time each item on a to-do list will take. Then, once completed, ask them to record how long it actually took them to finish. How close did they come to their estimated times? Discuss the importance of eliminating distractions when completing important tasks to have more time for fun.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, personal growth, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 21, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 10.40 MB
  • Publisher: Craig Otis
  • Version: 1.6.3
  • Minimum software requirements: 7.0 or later

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