Teach Me Time

App review by
Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Lackluster learning with simple analog clock interface.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to read an analog clock, if they already have some familiarity. There's no direct instruction on how to read the clock; instead, it allows kids to practice matching analog time to the digital display. The efforts to simplify might confuse some kids who want to see all the numbers. If kids understand the concept of hours and minutes, can read a digital display, and know the basics about analog clocks, Teach Me Time will offer some elementary time-telling practice.

Ease of Play

Teach Me Time is a self-explanatory and easy-to-use tool. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teach Me Time is a distraction-free way for kids to become more familiar with an analog clock. The built-in learning mode gives kids an opportunity to test their knowledge of translating a digital clock into an analog clock. Teach Me Time is so simple that it doesn't include numbers around the face of the analog clock, which may prove frustrating for kids who aren't sure where the numbers go or who need things to match completely. Basic knowledge about the elements of time and analog clocks is necessary before use.

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What's it about?

TEACH ME TIME opens to an analog clock with the current time displayed. Users click on the Settings gear in the top-left corner to begin Learning Mode. Then kids can select how the digital time is given -- ending in ":01," ":05," ":10," ":15," ":30," or full hours -- and the number of questions they'll answer. Once they press save, kids match the time on the analog clock to the time on the digital clock, and they can see the number they matched correctly.

Is it any good?

Teach Me Time provides a visually simple tool for reading an analog clock. It doesn't provide direct instruction about how to read an analog clock and, instead, gives kids an opportunity to practice matching analog representation to digital display. Feedback on whether the time is correct or incorrect is instant, but there aren't opportunities for kids to try again or understand why they were wrong. Teach Me Time also doesn't collect long-term data, so it's easy to miss patterns (such as not counting by fives when selecting the minute-hand location). Because there are no child-friendly elements, it may be hard to entice kids to use this app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different ways that time has been kept historically: sundials, hourglasses, analog clocks, watches, digital clocks, and phones. Discuss which seems the easiest to use today and why it's important to be familiar with many ways to keep time.

  • Parents can point out where analog clocks exist in their homes or communities. Do kids see clocks on buildings? Do they know anyone who wears a watch?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: measurement
  • Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 6, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 5.20 MB
  • Publisher: Dustin Daniels
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: 8.0 or later

For kids who love time and math

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