There are great timer apps for the iPad that help students practice their stamina and pacing while reading, and can help teachers manage a classroom. With the iOS 7 update, the iPad clock has a timer with a great visual that shows how much time has progressed (similar to the Hourglass Timer). You can even change the sounds to one of the new I iPhone ringtones!
Here are two more that I love:
Red Light, Green Light - This programmable traffic light can be less intimidating than a timer is you’re working on pacing your students and keeping them on task.
Check out this common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
Although the New York State tests for elementary students are finished for this year, I know that I’m not the only person with test prep still on their mind.
My students always need help with pacing and it’s tough keeping kids excited about something that is stressful for everyone. I love the free iPad timer apps that help us stay aware of the time we spend reading passages and answering questions.
There are free timer apps to help students practice pacing. I often project the timer on the board like a countdown clock, working my students towards a goal. When students are practicing independently or working with partners they can set their own iPad timers to keep track of their progress.
One free timer app I like is Timer+.
Other uses for the timer:
- Setting time limits for classroom activities
- Monitoring everyday reading stamina
- Share your ideas in the comment section!