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Timers4Me - Timer & Stopwatch
Pros: Multiple timers can run simultaneously, helpful for timing a few kids at a time.
Cons: Lots of customizing options with little instruction may confuse younger students.
Bottom Line: A customizable app with cool features that can help kids learn time-management skills.
Classroom uses for this free, handy app include timing multiple students at once on math drills; setting alarms with unique ringtones to indicate different activities; and using the stopwatch (that can include recording pauses). Timers can be tracked via an in-app log and shared via social media.
Timers4Me – Timer & Stopwatch is an app kids can use for productivity, motivation, and speed. Tap one of four main categories on the main screen –- timer, alarm clock, stopwatch, or log –- or select from any of your already-created timers or alarms. There are lots of preferences you can choose from. For timer, tap the "+" tab and select the number of minutes, target time, or custom. Alarm clocks can also be set with custom options, such as importing a photo from your mobile device to the alarm for a custom label that will appear when the alarm goes off. The stopwatch will record pauses, and all activity can be viewed in the log.
You can set timers and alarms with descriptive premade icons (such as homework or training) or use your own photos and images stored on a mobile device to label alarms with everything from another kid's photo to a picture of a relevant person, activity, object, or other visual prompt related to the timer or alarm.
Timers4Me - Timer & Stopwatch was created primarily for use as a productivity tool. Still, kids can learn time management, working efficiently, and setting and using alarms on this multi-function app. The stopwatches and countdown timers let kids practice performing under time pressure on tests and timed tasks. Categorizing with premade or custom icons gives kids the chance to use and apply technology to increase productivity and organization.
Downsides: definitely the ads on each page and the ability to see but not use some of the icons that appear on almost every screen in the free version. A Plus version can be purchased for $1.99 with extra options, unlimited timers, and no ads. Overall, Timers4Me is a solid timer and alarm app for teachers to use themselves, for multiple purposes within the classroom, and to recommend to older students who can use it on their own for homework and other time-management needs.