A Simple, Fun Timer is designed for teachers - or anyone else who needs to set timed tasks for groups of children in a classroom or similar environment.
This Pro version of this app includes the following features not available on the Lite version:
• To keep things fresh there are 25 Alarm clock / Background theme combinations (with more to come!)
• The app can continue to countdown in the background, so you can switch between applications during the countdown. This is configurable in the apps settings screen.
• No Adverts from third parties.
• Displays the amount of time elapsed on the main app screen, as well as the amount of time left -this can be enabled / disabled from the settings screen.
• Show the actual time on the main app screen - this can be enabled / disabled from the settings screen.
How does it work?
The teacher sets the target amount of time for the class to perform a particular task. The countdown timer is then started. The timer can be viewed from the Apple device itself or displayed on a larger format device such as an interactive board or TV screen using screen mirroring features of the Apple Devices.
If the class completes the task in the defined time limit the teacher can tap the "tick" button and the "Well Done" screen is displayed and a fanfare sound effect is played. However, if the class run out of time the Alarm rings on the clock, the clock bounces around the screen and then explodes in a comic fashion.
This app really encourages students to complete any assigned task, the students can see graphically how much time they have left to complete the task.
The teacher is able to pause, restart and reset the timer at any time. The app has an audible "ticking" sound when the timer is running, the teacher can enable and disable this by simply tapping the speaker button on the apps main screen. The Fanfare and Explosion sound effects can be controlled via the audio controls on the Apple device.
This is a simple but fun and engaging app to assist the teacher in their classroom management activities.
Users are able to send feedback, make enhancement requests or report any issues from inside the app.
A timed session has been extended to up to 24 hours!
The "Explosion" effect at the end of the session can now be switched on or off
We have added a "screen mirror" button inside the app so users can easily mirror the screen to a projector, multi-touch panel or MAC/PC screen (Note: This feature uses Apples Airplay Mirroring technology and will require Apple TV or an equivalent App)
We have also made some "under the hood" improvements
Users have direct email access to the developers from inside the app, so please..... if you find any bugs, or can think of any ways in which the app can be improved please get in touch. We would love to hear from you!
Ratings and Reviews
This is a five star app which gets downgraded over simple user interface issues like choice of alarm, and the ability to avoid the "explosion" at the end.
Some simple fixes/features that are not currently included might be the ability to set a "warning" time a certain amount of time before the end of the timer, where the screen turns color and an optional sound is played; The ability to choose an alarm sound other than a ringing alarm clock; the ability to turn off the "times up" explosion, or replace it with a custom message or a different graphic with or the sound.
The Great Job "check" msg check is a neat idea, it would be even better if there were several messages to choose or if one could set the message.
Finally, it would be helpful if there was support for Apple TV, where the timer is displayed, but the controls can still be manipulated on the iDevice without being displayed on the Tv.
The graphics, and the thoughtful, clean interface suggest that this could be a five star app very quickly. It's just not quite there.
It would be nice if there were choices of the timer alarm sound and more background choices.
Best timer app
Very simple to use with good graphics. Can't wait for more background options. Works perfectly with iOS 9.1. I've tried quite a few apps for my classroom and this is the best.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.