TIME for Kids has released an interactive teaching and learning tool with an incredible array of enhancements and activities for teachers and students to get the most out of exploring the content and expand on learning. In the digital world, our choices are becoming too limited due to “customization”, and the addition of TIME for Kids Classroom App is a refreshing foray into discovering something new or something we may not have explored otherwise. Issues are geared to elementary students, beginning with a K-1st grade edition.
It is a subscription-based model, which to many may seem scary. But, we have to remember, TIME has been informing teachers, kids and adults since 1923! on what is current, in our nation and the world. TIME Inc., knows what they are doing when it comes to managing subscriptions, and they are not just going to up and disappear. Subscribing to the digital edition is a lot like subscribing to the paper edition of the magazine with the added bonus of not taking up physical space. Every bit of this app maximizes the best of technology and can display interactive multimedia features – such as videos, maps, puzzles or other skill building activities. Maps and polls are dynamic, giving kids a sense of global thinking on a Time (pun!) or spatial continuum. To truly hear and visualize another’s thoughts expands one’s concepts about people and the world at large. It gives meaning and value to “walking in someone else’s shoes”, which is something we as kids, and adults, need from time to time in order to experience and achieve a sense of community with others from around the world.
More and more we are becoming global citizens, and a lot of what we see happening in the world is not so different from what is going on in our own neighborhood OR it is very different. TIME for Kids is leading the way to help kids expand their views, as well as encouraging them to develop healthy lifelong habits. For instance, in the Stay Healthy! issue, there is a video describing a well visit at the doctor, explaining what the doctor is doing and why. The extra teaching content includes a summary of the issue, teaching tips such as building the background for discussion, checking comprehension, extending learning and how to facilitate critical thinking. Resources are also provided to encourage research using other means or media resources. The articles and other content are tied into common core standards, and identify appropriate activities. This is a great advantage for lesson planning and serves as a springboard for more tailored activities in your classroom.
Each issue has cover stories, a poll, an activity and a quiz. Articles or “covers” reinforce vocabulary and understanding with “power words”. These are highlighted words that you can learn more about by tapping on them. Sidebars, which are in some of the magazines, help keep information pertinent to the reader and demonstrate how the overall content relates to the reader’s daily lives. The activities are fun and challenging, and the ending quiz will help you learn about a child’s overall comprehension of the material. Quizzes done in a group format are often fun and keep camaraderie and enthusiasm amongst students.
In summary, I would highly recommend placing the TIME for Kids Classroom App in the hands of your students. It is stimulating, informative, and helps bring a class together on a focused topic. To say the articles, illustrations, and activities are well put together is an understatement as TIME for Kids has been an industry leader for information on subjects new to us or give us a fresh perspective on something familiar. It is a perfect addition for promoting curiosity to the world around us to your classroom.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.