Saturday, January 22, 2011

Timing is everything

This brief post is less about "Teaching with Technology" and more about a useful tool for keeping track of time during classroom activities. For your in-class participation activities, it is good to display a timer on the projector to avoid any confusion about the amount of time remaining. When I give the students 5 minutes to work on something, I don't want myself or the students to get distracted and lose track of time, so I set the following timer to 5:00 minutes, display it on the projector and turn up the audio on the computer. At the end of 5 minutes, the timer will flash and play an audible alarm.

When we take a 10 minute break, I also set the timer to 10:00 minutes. Most students spend that time just outside the classroom talking to each other or on the phone, and can see the image on the screen. On most days there is just enough time to cover the material planned for that day, so staying on track with respect to time is critical.

There is also a stop-watch option on this site.

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