Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time Timer iPad App

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Time Timer is available as both a physical product and an iPad app. It is designed to be a great tool for parents and children, to provide a large visual for anytime a timer is needed. I know in our house, we use a timer for daily independent reading. Rather than assign chapters, I will typically assign a 30 minute or 60 minute time for independent reading. We tend to use our stove timer for this purpose but what about when I need a timer outside of my home (or kitchen for that matter?)?

Honestly, my first thought when this came up for review was my need for a timer for National Novel Writing Month Word Wars.  We meet at local coffee shops and challenge each other to write the most words in 30 minutes. I needed something portable and convenient and the iPad version of this product has worked well for that. I'm already bringing my iPad and I don't have to pack something else, which is a plus.  I'm usually plugged into the iPad with my headphones listening to music as I write, so the timer goes off in my ear and that is another plus! As long as I remember to actually press the Start button...but that's another story.

The Time Timer app is very easy to set up and use, the timer is large and brightly colored (making this a good choice for young children), and there are various alarm sounds to choose from (which will go off in the background even if you're listening to Pandora or whatever in the meantime). At $1.99, it's a very reasonable way to help your kids visualize the amount of time they have left on a project or keep you on track with whatever your timing needs may be. There are not a lot of bells and whistles, it's a simple timer, but it does what it is supposed to and I liked it.


*Disclosure: I received this iPad app at no cost, for review purposes. To see what others thought of this product and more, check out the TOS Crew.*




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