Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ClassTools.net Timer

This will be a quick one. I wanted to share a website I rediscovered this week. It is a musical web based timer from Classtools.net

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We’ve been working on typing in the STEAM Lab. It is not their favorite thing to do, but we have to do it. I found that setting the timer for 5-7 minutes with classical music playing makes the whole process much less painful. My students know that I will reset the timer if they are not working. There was more typing and less talking.

I also use the timer for clean up time. You would be surprised how much faster students move while Mission Impossible is playing in the background!

One tip: I’d always picked my song based on the length. My husband played with the site and wanted to know why I didn’t just use the keyboard to adjust the time on the song I wanted. It took years for me to learn that.

On a separate note, please consider linking up your favorite St. Patrick's Day activity if you haven't already!

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The linky will be up for another week. I am also giving my Sully Shamrock font to anyone who links up a St. Patrick's Day Post.

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5 comments:

  1. Love the idea of classical music to help them focus in the lab, too! Great idea!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  2. I haven't ever checked out Classtools.net. I will have to use that one. I normally just pull up a playlist that I have saved on Grooveshark, but I like that this has a timer to go with it! Thanks for sharing!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. Just checked it out. I use timers quite often, but I like the choice of soundtrack. Thanks!

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  4. This is an awesome idea to have timers tied to music! Pinning! Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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