App Title: Monkey Time
Grade Level: K-2
Purpose: B Telling time (to my early elementary teacher mind) is taught at three basic stages: hour, hour and ½ hour, then 5 minute increments. This game's Easy level works with hour, Medium has quarter hours and half hours, and Hard has 5 minute increments.
Program Functionality: A Easy to use, easy to look at! I love the bright colors and the simple graphics. It is beautifully designed! The only issue I have is the 'shake to see the new problem'. It hurts my wrist after awhile!
Overall Educational Value: B My first graders testing this app loved the graphics, the sounds, the feedback, and the intuitiveness of play. When I had them compare some of the other time-telling apps we had on our iPods to Monkey Time, truth be told, they said this one didn't help them grow as learners as much. It was either too easy (Level I) or too difficult (Level II). I will have to agree... for the first grade classroom, hour and half-hour are fairly standard skills.
Kindergarten classes will love having an adorable monkey help them with telling time to the hour. Second grade classes will also like having that monkey help them increase their skill level at the medium and hard levels of quarter hour and 5 minute increments. Bright first graders are encouraged to forge ahead into the medium and hard levels, but for the child who is working on hour and half-hour... you must find another app.
Cost: An affordable $.99!
Recommendation: I would recommend adjusting the medium level to half-hour practice. I would also like to see an alternate way to get to the next clock. My wrist gets tired of shaking to get the next problem. A child with motor skill development issues might have difficulty. A finger swipe or a poke on the monkey to see the next clock would be great!
Classroom Use Examples / Ideas: We used this app on the day we reviewed telling time to the hour. After that, it was not as useful to us for skill-specific drill. When we had 'free-play' in math apps, children did choose this to play around in, either to score high on easy level, or take the challenge to teach themselves about 5-minute increments.
Developer Website: Brian West Apps
Reviewer Name: Carolyn Wojtera
Reviewer Blog: Teach with Tech
Please leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or have other creative uses for this app in the classroom, etc.