iTake Turns

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Bare-bones app isn't enough to teach key social skill.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. There's one screen, split into two images. Tap on the image with one person and it says "My Turn." Tap on the image with two people and it says "Your Turn." There's only one setting, which switches the voice-over from a male to a female voice.

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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.

What kids can learn

Skills

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

What Kids Can Learn

While iTake Turns was created with educational intent, it appears to have limited learning potential. Kids who are really struggling with the concept of taking turns may be able to better understand how to identify a turn-taking situation through the app's one example, but iTake Turns needs more development before it can be considered a truly educational tool.

What kids can learn

Skills

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

While iTake Turns was created with educational intent, it appears to have limited learning potential. Kids who are really struggling with the concept of taking turns may be able to better understand how to identify a turn-taking situation through the app's one example, but iTake Turns needs more development before it can be considered a truly educational tool.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDark ChocolateQ December 5, 2012
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Abysmal app is nothing more than a paid MS Paint drawing.

I think this may be the worst smartphone app of ALL TIME. Regardless of it's intent for social skills, this app does nothing but display an amateurish photo that looks very sloppy. All you do is touch the screen and a picture saying "My turn, your turn" shows up. Worst of all, you pay money for this. Final Fantasy teaches turn taking better than this-and that is intended mainly for adults! This is like coal for the iPhone.

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