Timers4Me - Timer & Stopwatch

 

Learning(i)

Custom timers, stopwatches, and alarms for many uses.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Icons with one- or two-word instructions make for clear user options, but the sheer number of options may make this timer a bit less user-friendly for younger kids.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Some icons in the free version appear but are not usable unless you buy the Plus version. The free version contains ads that run along the bottom of the screen. The icon near the middle of the screen that users tap to move to the product pages related to those ads looks very much like the "add an alarm" icon located at the top of the screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Photos and other images from users' on-device albums can be used as timer or alarm icons. Logs can be shared via SMS, email, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Timers4Me - Timer & Stopwatch's long name describes almost everything this multi-option app can do. This app is especially helpful for kids who have problems with focusing and paying attention. Kids who need help staying on task will benefit from the ability to create customized timers and stopwatches; you can create alarms with your own ringtones as well as use descriptive, pre-made icons or your own photos and images stored on your device to label timers and alarms. Whether you want to time multiple kids on math practice tests at once, set a timer to count down and then count up, log and share past timers, or set your morning alarm with a customized ringtone using your own music, Timers4Me can do that. The $1.99 Plus version has extra options and no ads. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • motivation
  • time management
  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids can have fun setting timers and alarms with their own photos and icons as well as timing themselves and being timed on drills or tasks. Timing may engage some kids but may be distracting to others.

Learning Approach

Designed as a productivity tool, this app can still help kids learn about efficiency and working under pressure through experiential use. Kids will be empowered by choosing customizations and can compete to beat each other's times.

Support

One- and two-word identifiers accompany some of the visual icons to offer a few basic directions. A disappearing green line under timers gives kids a basic visual of the amount of time left. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • motivation
  • time management
  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn time management, working efficiently, and setting and using alarms on this multifunction app. The stopwatches and countdown timers can help kids practice performing under time pressure on tests and other tasks. Categorizing timers and alarms by pre-made or custom icons can help kids learn to use and apply technology to increase productivity and organization. Timers4Me - Timer & Stopwatch is a customizable app with cool features that can help kids learn time-management skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Tap one of four main categories on the main screen (Timer, Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, and Log), or select from any of your already-created timers or alarms. Choose from many preferences for each. For the timer, tap the "+" tab and select the number of minutes, target time, or custom. Alarm clocks also can be set with custom options such as importing a photo from your mobile device to the alarm for a custom label that will appear when alarm goes off. The stopwatch will record pauses. You can view all activity in the log.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

TIMERS4ME - TIMER & STOPWATCH is a full-featured, customizable app for multiple timers, stopwatches, and alarms. Three especially cool features that make this a standout timing-and-alarm app are the abilities to use your own photos as icons for timers and alarms, to run multiple timers at once, and to record pause times on stopwatches. For most parents and kids who use this app, the many options will be a benefit. For younger users, all those options may reduce ease of use; parents likely will need to help them set and use this app. During this review of the free version, the alarms, timers, and stopwatches all worked reliably. The only drawbacks to using the free version are the ads and the ability to see but not use some of the icons that appear on almost every screen. Overall, this is a solid timer and alarm app for parents to use themselves or to use with younger kids and for older kids to use on their own.

Families can talk about...

  • This app comes with very little instruction. Help younger kids learn its features by walking them through setting an alarm and using the timers and stopwatches.

  • If your kid gets too stressed by countdown timers, suggest using the stopwatch instead.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free -$1.99
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Release date:March 20, 2013
Category:Productivity
Size:2.40 MB
Publisher:Breet.Jia
Version:3.6.5.3
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.6 and up

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