360 Thinking Time Tracker (™Pending)
The 360 Thinking™ Get Ready*Do*Done Timer is an instructional timer app specifically designed for supporting students’ executive function skill development. It is based on the innovative clinical model of executive functioning skills known as 360 Thinking™. By using the app, students will have the opportunity to nurture their situational awareness, develop forethought of an end result, and organize resource materials, time and actions to complete a future task.
The 360 Thinking™ Get Ready*Do*Done Timer is user friendly and works on simple methodology. The app allows its users to create a time marker to get ready for work, a time marker to check in during the work, and a marker when the work is planned to end. There are tones activated when the time reaches each marker:
• There is a single tone to indicate time to get ready,
• There are two tones to indicate that the user is at the midpoint of the work
• There are three ascending tones to indicate that the user is at the stop point of the work.
• As time passes the primary color becomes more luminous to show that time has passed.
The timer app allows the user to look back and assess the productivity of the time they have spent so far! In fact, with the help of the app, the users can compare the planned vs. actual use of time. A table displays to the left of the clock interface to show the user the original plan for ready comparison.
The color indication of the 360 Thinking™ Get Ready*Do*Done Timer app has made the entire user experience easy to manage:
• The yellow color represents slowing down to get ready to start a task,
• The green color represents going ahead and doing the steps to complete a task. The split green time marker at the midpoint provides a visual reminder to break and check the status of the work,
• The red color indicates that it is time to stop the task because it is done.
Added Help button
Ratings and Reviews
Great app-based, accessible realization of extremely helpful methodology
As a speech and language pathologist and social/executive function coach, I have long been a fan of the methodology behind this app (Ward and Jacobsen). The technique of having students visualize/analyze a completed task and plan through outlining needed materials and steps facilitates success and internalization/generalization of these strategies. However, for years I have really wanted a digital (and accessible at any time) clock that can be used to visualize the time guessing and monitoring that needs to accompany this process for students with weaknesses in this area. The 360 Thinking app puts these tools in my hands at any time to allow me to help students visualize stages in a task (or simply time toward a transition) and monitor themselves during a block of time. Unlike countdown timers, with this app the passage of time is also shown and corresponds to the ubiquitous real world tool of a clock. Truly this app is a "working clock," and I've been using it in sessions since it came out this November.
Helpful but also frustrating
I really like the visual aspects of this clock/timer app. I find the sweeping time a useful way for me to see how much longer I need to keep focused.
I really dislike that I have to add the default and the modify the lengths. The instructions make it sound like you can set up & add a modified slice. I was able to set one up, but I couldn't figure out how to get my modifications to actually show up when adding the slice to the clock.
I like the tones, but I've been finding that they don't always play. I haven't figured out if there's a setting I'm missing or something else.
EF tool: useful and EZ
I have long referenced the EF tools and strategies of these developers in my SLP practice. I've recommended this app to parents of ADHD students with much success. My only criticism is many students and myself are craving the colors to be in a green-yellow-red order to match a traffic light: Green meaning "get going/get ready", Yellow meaning "working carefully" like slow and steady, Red can remain stopping. Could you add further customization?
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.