This is the third in a series of Friday posts about apps I find interesting, useful, and maybe even fun. I hope you will return here often to see what I am sharing and to perhaps share YOUR ideas as a comment or in an email to me.
Timr is an inexpensive app ($.99 today) that, as its name implies is a timer. Time is one of the most precious commodities in life and it is even more precious in the classroom. This app is my go-to tool for timers because it features an incredibly simple interface and works even if you shut the app and lock your device!
The complete name of this app is Timr: Universal Timer Countdown Cooking Multitimer which explains a lot about the built-in timers and features. When you first install the app it will have a collection of timers for a wide variety of teas… not so useful in my life, but the interface makes it easy to delete those timers and to create timers with customized image-based icons with more than 20 sounds to choose from for each alarm.As you can see in the screenshot above, you could make a customized timer for each group of learners in your classroom, for different activities or even for specific children and have them easily found by the image on the timer. The timers can be set in hours, minutes and seconds of any length from 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to only 1 second. In addition to the very simple, intuitive interface and the customizable timers the most important feature, to me, is the ability for this app to keep timers running even if I close the app and even if I close my device the timers will STILL ring! Awesome!
So finally a tool to keep me from succumbing to “just a minute” which in a busy classroom can easily become 2 or 3 or even more minutes. Imagine starting an activity and activating multiple timers to allow for a more differentiated approach to time or to signal to specific groups or members of a group to check their time management. Because the timers can each have a different sound it can be heard and have meaning without even seeing the device. Young learners could activate their personal timer when they start a task on the device and then work until they finish or the timer sounds, whichever happens first. The users don’t have to read the timer names as they can have their own pictures on them. Lab groups could set their own timers (on even a shared device.) Since one lab group could have timers with an old-fashioned buzzer sound and another lab group could have a hip-hop buzzer sound they could start their timers and hear a timer from across the room and know it is for them.
I KNOW you have additional ideas… PLEASE share them in the comments here!
$.99 (when posted on 9/7/2012)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later