I’ve been holding onto this one for a few months now, because of how ashamed I am to admit that I have difficulty keeping track of time throughout the class period. It’s not that I’m bad with my time management, but I have a tendency to get so into a lesson on activity that I forget about the clock completely. The website I’ve been using to help stay on track isn’t a huge step in technological integration, and it barely registers a level 1 on my technology integration scale.
Online-Stopwatch.com has been my time-keeping, flash-powered lifeboat since late December after becoming completely frustrated with older, java-powered online stopwatches. Many teachers use timers in their classes to manage time, and I’ve seen egg timers, digital timers, and even a few talking timers. I’ve gone through my fair share of cheap digital timers from the School Specialty catalog (they should ship them by the dozen as often as they break), so I wanted something I could use on my computer, and display with my projector so the students and I could have a visual reminder without having to walk over to my computer.
Thankfully, the Online-Stopwatch meets my needs and then some. With a no frills approach to the timer, you’re given the simple choice of “Stop Watch” or “Count Down”, followed by the time limit for counting down (if you so choose that option). After punching in my time limit with the nice big buttons, which is surprisingly easy to do even with a wireless presenter’s mouse, I can click start and forget about losing track of time. There’s a pleasant little ring at the end of the count down, so I know when it’s time to restart the timer (for typing practice), or have the kids get ready to go.
As I said, very low on the integration scale, but the Online-Stopwatch scores big when it comes to productivity tools that just simply work, work well, and save you from buying batteries and/or replacements for those old fashioned “meat space” timers.