March 31, 2012
These days, when an app has the word "bird" in its name, it's most probably a Twitter client or a game trying to cash in on the popularity of Angry Birds. But Time Bird by tinytapps is neither a Twitter app nor an Angry Birds ripoff. It's actually a simple app that helps preschoolers learn not the concept of time itself but just the important skill of telling the time. Whether you're a parent, a teacher, or just a concerned family member, you can agree that teaching kids, especially the really young ones, is no easy task. Good thing there are lots of tools at your disposal to make the process a bit lighter. Among these tools are, of course, the iPhone and the iPad. Both of these devices run on the iOS platform, which has long been acknowledged as a powerful platform for education. Time Bird is just one example of how iOS can aid you in your teaching endeavors. By using the app's representations of both analog and digital clocks, you can help a preschooler learn how to tell time. The app comes with a couple of mini activities that the child can perform to better hone his time-telling skills. One involves matching the analog and digital clocks so that they show the same time, and the other involves setting the time on the clock according to your instructions. You can download Time Bird now in the App Store for $1.99. To paraphrase the old proverb: Time and tide wait for no iOS user.