Remember The Milk

Common Sense Media says

Multiplatform task list app makes organization easy.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Easy to use, although the symbols (#, >, :, etc.) that appear along with the task markers can be confusing and add some visual clutter.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The premium version (which mainly adds auto-sync features, extra push notifications, and priority support for $25/year) is promoted lightly on the free app. If you're using it on Outlook, it's a 15-day free trial which must be converted to premium for continued use. The Android and iOS versions remain free, unless users choose to upgrade.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The app requests permission to use your location. It also assigns users an email address so they can email themselves tasks to be automatically added to your Remember The Milk Inbox task list.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Remember The Milk is a task-organizing app that does much more than guard grocery lists. This app can be helpful for both parents and responsible teens (users must be 13 or older) who have difficulty with executive functioning issues such as goal-setting, prioritizing, time management and/or organization. The app helps kids juggle long to-do lists, complicated schedules, and multiple project deadlines. The simple user interface is intuitive; just type in the name of the tasks and organize according to name, list (work, home, school, etc.), priority, due date, and time. A task can use all these categories or just be listed by name and list. Task lists can be accessed via many different mobile devices as well as the related website and more sources such as Google Calendar. Users can input tasks even if they don't have wireless access at the moment of entry. Alarm reminders on iOS devices can include a "Moo," "Cowbell," or normal alarm sound. For people with really long task lists, there's even a keyword search option. Complete and Incomplete tabs make clear what's left to do, and it can provide a little rewarding lift when users can tap Complete.

 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • initiative
  • motivation
  • self-reflection
  • set objectives

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Given this app's clean user interface, its visual simplicity will likely become a plus for engagement, as it makes it easier for teens to enter tasks.

Learning Approach

While this app was created to enhance productivity, teens can learn the practical organization and time-management skills that are baked into the experience as they enter, categorize, prioritize, make notes for, and track multiple tasks.

Support

Thorough Help and FAQ sections explain use and troubleshoot problems. The iOS version of the app supports VoiceOver, iOS's gesture-based screen reader, and it can be used in multiple languages.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • initiative
  • motivation
  • self-reflection
  • set objectives

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Teens can learn organization and systems thinking when inputting tasks in this well-crafted app. Users practice decision-making skills, prioritizing, and time management while using Remember The Milk. It requires initiative and motivation to use this app properly and consistently, but as teens use this app they can grow those self-direction skills and see the positive results in their school work, organization, and time management as a result. Remember the Milk is full of potential as a free, easy task-management tool for helping teens learn organization skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

First, create an account (users must be 13 or older) by registering your name, email address, username, and password. On iOS devices, swipe through task list components, divided into areas that work like stacked index cards for lists (today, this week, etc.), tasks, and then notes for each task. The Android app features a tap menu rather than swipe. Choose a list for your task, tap plus or Add Task, and type the task. A row of potential tags and options will appear, and you can choose what info you want to include for that task, its priority, and more. Add a note with extra info for the task, if desired. Tap the check mark when a task is completed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As with any task-organizing app, Remember The Milk is only as useful as the person entering and monitoring the progress and completion of tasks. But if used well and often, this app can help teens and adults stay on top of everything that needs attention. While the option to use this app across many platforms (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Outlook, and more) makes it easy to add and check lists often for up-to-date information, it also adds to the complexity of using this as a tool, especially if more than one person is adding items to the list.

Making notes within tasks and tagging tasks adds detail and makes searching easy. Listing a task as ongoing on certain days brings a scheduling component to this task organizer. Finally, and perhaps most important, tap the check mark to mark an item completed, and it'll disappear, shortening busy users' lists for at least a few moments before the next item is entered.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss how to prioritize tasks with your teen. This app offers high, medium, and low priority settings.

  • If you have a highly scheduled teen whose task list is long, discuss using this app to prioritize rest, self-care, and even breaks from their digital life, too.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 20, 2012
Category:Productivity
Size:10.70 MB
Publisher:Remember The Milk
Version:3.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 1.5 and up

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