Common Sense Review
Updated November 2012

Time Timer

Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Label and customize each timer.
  • Quick Start mode requires no customization.
  • View and play multiple timers at once.
  • In-app reminder to keep device in awake mode.
Pros
Setup is easy, and there are lots of customization options.
Cons
Make sure device's settings are on "awake" so it doesn't unexpectedly enter sleep mode.
Bottom Line
Goes above and beyond standard timers to include handy customization and visual cues.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Timing may engage some kids more deeply in tasks, while it may be distracting and stressful to others. The interface is tidy and clean, so kids can use it with ease.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

While kids time each other or experiment with timed tasks, they'll be gaining a deeper understanding of time and how it's used in the real world. Choosing customized icons and settings should be fun and empowering as well.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

An excellent step-by-step help section and good online videos explain both the setup process and the many uses for this app.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

The most obvious uses for Time Timer in classrooms are for timing standardized tests and for helping students judge how much time is left on a task, independent reading, or a break. As the timer counts down and kids can see the color on the stopwatch-like timer disappearing, they may feel some pressure to complete the task at hand; this may be beneficial for some kids’ performance and detrimental to others, depending upon how they react to deadlines. Nevertheless, timed tests and limits are part of life, and Time Timer is a way to introduce kids to that fact.

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What's It Like?

Time Timer is a productivity app that can help kids (or adults) focus on timed tasks, as well as manage transitions or waiting. The customizable timers act as clear, colorful visuals to help kids represent concepts of time -- such as having a limited amount of time to complete something or needing to wait for a certain amount of time.

Simply tap Add Timer to create a new timer (check that the awake mode is on in your device's settings so the timer doesn't shut off), then a stopwatch-style timer appears. Swipe around to set the desired time, name the timer, and adjust the mode and settings. There are many options including sound of the timer when it's complete, number of plays, and color. Time can be counted down in seconds, minutes, or hours.  Timers can be saved, and customizations include different ending sounds.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Time concepts like these can be challenging for many kids, especially those with special needs. With Time Timer, younger kids can see time as a measurement without the confusion of the numbers on a traditional clock. Older kids can focus on the amount of time left, represented by the amount of color on the timer.

Although it was created as a productivity tool, kids can learn time management, working efficiently, and even perhaps gain in-the-moment motivation by using this app. Throughout education and life, kids and adults are expected to perform under time pressure on tests and other tasks. In some instances and for some kids, time pressure may even help boost productivity and creativity. This app may help kids learn to manage time-related stress and practice focusing to stay on task. Time Timer can help kids appreciate the value of time and use it well.

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