30/30

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Must-have time-management app for attention deficits.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn important time-management skills, including how to prioritize. With 30/30 kids can break down long periods of time into smaller blocks with specific tasks. The timer encourages kids to build in leisure time, teaching them the importance of balancing work and fun. 30/30 helps reinforce planning, time-estimation, and self-monitoring strategies.

Ease of Play

Directions are written within the tool to show users how best to use 30/30. A 12-page how-to guide also is included within the settings gear.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 30/30 is an easy-to-use timer designed to help kids focus on one task at a time. It may be especially helpful for kids who struggle to manage larger blocks of time by organizing them into smaller, more useful tasks. The font in 30/30 may be difficult to read for kids with text-based difficulties (dyslexia), but simple graphics may make up for that. 30/30 may help kids with attention deficits by providing more structured tasks with specific time restraints. There is no formal privacy policy; users can share their task lists via email or iCloud if they choose, and in-app purchases for additional icons are available.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolcreativekid May 14, 2015

This is the app you want

This is an app used for time management. I have this app myself. This is appropriate for all ages. This app has you make a list of what needs to be done or acco... Continue reading

What's it about?

30/30 displays a circular timer that tracks the current task's time. Kids can set up tasks by scrolling down on the screen, double-clicking to edit the rectangles that correlate to new tasks, swiping to delete, or dragging to change the order of tasks. They can add or subtract a minute by clicking the +1m or -1m icons around the top circle as necessary. The counter displays the time remaining, the icon that correlates with the task, and an icon to "check" the task as completed before time runs out. Each time a new task begins, the background changes color. Each task list can be shared via iCloud or email by clicking the settings gear.

Is it any good?

30/30 is an eye-catching and effective timer that helps kids see how their time should be spent. Though the font may be difficult to read for some, 30/30 makes up for this with its other features: The colorful background and the built-in visual distinction between tasks will help refocus many kids. In particular, the ability to chunk tasks, build in breaks, and essentially plan a whole day sets this timer apart. The list of possible commands, all assigned a particular gesture (two-finger tap, swipe right), is extensive, which may make it difficult for a younger user. However, if an adult inputs the tasks and times, a younger kid might still benefit from viewing the timer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to prioritize activities during long blocks of time. For instance, if kids have two hours after school and have three subjects to study for, ask them how long each will take and have them create time blocks for each separate subject. Together, decide which should be completed first, second, or third, and determine how much time between each task kids might need for a break.

  • Ask kids whether their plan worked: Did they have enough time to complete all tasks, or did they need to add minutes to some work tasks? How did adding time to work-based tasks (such as homework) affect leisure-based tasks (such as checking social media)?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 11, 2014
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 13.70 MB
  • Publisher: Binary Hammer
  • Version: 2.1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: 4.3 or later

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