A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that iTake Turns only presents one simple concept -- taking turns -- on one basic screen. That's it. On one side of the screen, kids see an image of a stick figure with an arrow pointing to it with a caption "My turn," that lights up and is spoken aloud when tapped. On the other side, kids see two stick figures with an arrow pointing toward one who has a ball in his arms and a caption, "Your turn." This app is only useful for kids who have real difficulty understanding the concept of taking turns and who need it explained and reinforced in an extremely simple way.
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What's it about?
Upon opening this app, you'll see one screen split into two images. Tap on the image with one stick figure and it lights up and says \"My Turn.\" Tap on the image with two stick figures, one holding a ball, and it lights up and says \"Your Turn.\" There's only one setting, which switches the voice-over from a male to a female voice.
Is it any good?
The visual and verbal example ITAKE TURNS offers may be helpful to some kids, but if parents or kids are expecting any level of detailed instruction or explanation, this isn't the place to find it. On the plus side, iTake Turns may help calm kids who are in the middle of a turn-taking or sharing dispute; a parent or teacher might instruct kids to take a break and view the app to reinforce the concept of taking turns.
On the downside, users have no choice as to the gender or ethnicity of the stick figures, and there's no way to customize play to make it personalized for kids or more relevant to the type of turn/sharing situation with which they're struggling. Also, the meaning of the arrows may be confusing to some kids, since they're both pointing at the same stick figure. iTake Turns is a good concept but could be greatly improved upon.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: respect for others
Emotional Development: self-awareness
- Price: $1.99
- Release date: June 20, 2011
- Category: Education
- Size: 0.50 MB
- Publisher: Smarty Ears
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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