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What parents need to know
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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)?
- 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
For kids who love time management and organization
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