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When it comes to controlling the flow of your lesson. A good timer is a priceless tool in the class room. The best timer I found is called timer plus. Timer plus give you the ability to have a variety of precreated timers as well as the ability to run more then one timer at a time. For example I'm going to go ahead and create a new timer for group work. I'll go ahead and label this as Group work. And I'll set the group work timer to 10 minutes. If I'm setting a timer that needs to go down to the second, I can also choose to touch the small blue circle arrow to the right of the timer and it'll add a seconds column.
So maybe I'm going to be really particular and my students get 10 minutes and 10 seconds for their group work. Once I think the timer's set, I can then go ahead and choose a sound. There's a variety of pre built in sounds. I'm going to choose a Harp for the end of my group work. And then I can go ahead and click Save, and now I have group work as a timer on the front screen. When I'm ready to use a timer, I can simply click the Start button. Here, my group work timer is already counting down. Let's say in the middle of my group work, I'm also going to do a think pair share, and I want my students to have a time limit for that as well. I can select additional timers by touching the timer button in the upper right-hand corner, and I can start a think pair share.
So now I have two timers going at the same time. I have my group work timer, which is still counting down and inside of my group work hour I have my think pair share. Let's say that I don't want to create a timer, I just want to add a stop watch to something for a little bit or create a very quick countdown timer. The lightning bolt in the upper right-hand corner will allow you to do this. By clicking the lightning bolt I can simply go through, punch in a time, let's say that they've got two minutes to pick up supplies for a lap. I can type in my two minute timer, I can hit the Start button, and I've added another timer. I can also choose to pause timers, let's say that I need to have them pick up lab supplies, and so this isn't really going to come out of their group work time, I can simply pause that timer, and then choose to hit the Play button to resume at any time I'd like.
I can also remove timers by hitting the negative sign on the left-hand side. And then choosing the Cancel button on the right-hand side. One thing that I really like about this timer is that it is a nice large display that students can see. Often I can prop my iPad at the front of the classroom or put the iPad underneath the doc cam and allow students visually see the amount of time remaining.
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