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iPads are becoming a common sight in the classroom, in the hands of both teachers and students, and the number of educational apps is growing everyday. Learn how to get the most from the iPad as a classroom teaching tool in this course with author and educator Aaron Quigley—and enhance student achievement, save time, and be more productive. Aaron shares his favorite apps for students of all levels, from categories like science, math, English, and others designed specifically to help teachers. Use this course to decide if these apps are right for you before you purchase them for the classroom.
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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