Whether for classroom management or child chores and homework organization, parents and teachers everywhere have experienced the value of this simple yet effective time management tool. I've even used it personally, when doing another task while waiting for a load of laundry to finish or a batch of something to bake in the oven, so that I have a visual reminder and don't forget my original task!
Now, this brilliant device is available as an app for both iPhone/iPad and Android.
The virtual Time Timer has the same simple user interface as the real thing... with a few added advantages: First and perhaps most obviously, it can be taken anywhere you already have your phone or tablet. Rather than hauling around an extra piece of equipment when I go to deliver workshops or attend a supply teaching gig, I can now simply set up the timer on my iPad, which I would have had with me anyway.
Additionally, multiple timers can be set up simultaneously (and in different colours) to co-manage different events.
My favourite feature of the virtual co-timer is its ability to set and save timers (including repeating timers!) for specific tasks: We have one called "Homework/Math practice - Reading - Free time" which runs for 26 minutes, 3 times over. My boys use it every afternoon after "school" (I am home schooling this year). At the end of teach 26-minute run, a beeper goes of signalling the transition to the next independent activity for the kids, and then the time automatically resets itself. The process repeats itself 26 minutes later. This allows me about an hour and a half of uninterrupted personal time each afternoon, while the kids are successful at managing their time in a responsible fashion!
Time Timer, the App -- Gotta have it!