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Using Timers to Enhance Classroom Management


When your students are working in class, it's always beneficial to have a timer going so they are able to see how much time is left. Plus, it keeps lesson pacing on track. But, sometimes we don't always realize the valuable resources available for our use, aside from desktop timers and cell phones. Even if you don't have a SMART Board or projector, these resources can still be used to stay on track (and on time). Below are a few of my favorite timers to use to ensure my students keep appropriate pacing in the lesson.

Let Google Help!

With just a simple Google search, finding an online timer couldn't be easier. Simply search, "timer for ____ minutes/seconds," and Google does the rest. Once you hit "Enter," the timer begins. Another cool feature of this is the ability to add a sound when the timer is up and/or make it full screen for easy viewing for any student in the room.

Chrome Extension: Timer

This one is as simple as it gets. This extension sits up next to the omnibox and is easily set. It offers minimal buttons and set up time. If you'd like to add this to your Chrome browser, you may do so from the Chrome Web Store Extensions page.

Omnibox Timer Extension

If you're unfamiliar with what the Omnibox is in Google Chrome, it is the bar located at the top where the web address appears. There is a really slick extension known as the Omnibox Timer that goes a little further than the regular extension described above. Once installed, all you have to do is type "tm" and your time limit in the omnibox and the extension is activated. Then, once the timer has expired, a customizable message is read aloud. The default message is "Timer Done!"

Timer option on the SMART Board

If you have the SMART Notebook program on your computer, there are two built in timers for you to use. If you click on the "Gallery" tab, you will then be presented a search option. If you do a simple search for "timer," you will see a few results. If you click on the new button entitled, "Interactive and Multimedia" your two options are present. Select one by dragging it onto the screen so students are able to see it!

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