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Tech in the Classroom: VisiTimer

What is it? This is a timing device that runs on your computer.

How does it work? Unlike virtually all other timers, VisiTimer does not display a series of numbers counting down to the prescribed amount of time. Instead, an image is slowly revealed during the countdown. It looks similar to the cycling of a radar screen or the hour hand on a clock face.

Whether you want to count down two minutes or two hours, the image will be fully revealed in that amount of time

How hard is it to use? Not very. Once the application is installed on your computer, it is simply a matter of telling VisiTimer how much time you want to count down and clicking the start button..

How well does it work?  Perfectly. It’s not a terribly complicated application, so there isn’t a whole lot that can go wrong.

How do I use it in the classroom?  Kids can better manage their work completion and their progress on timed tests with a visual that helps them judge how much time is remaining. In addition, lessons on telling time can get a little more fun, and certainly counting down to anything can get a punch of interactivity with VisiTimer.

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Tech in the Classroom is a recurring feature that examines widely available technology, software and gadgets and how they might be used in a school setting.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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