Let 30/30 Keep You and Your Students On Time and On Task
Remember the days of using sand timers or egg timers to manage your classroom rotations? Those days are over! 30/30 is a task manager app that allows you to customize a timed task list. The tasks can be color coded and customized with icons. Schedules can be easily edited with simple gesture controls. The app saves your task lists in folders making it easy to recall daily or subject matter schedules. This app keeps the entire classroom aware of exactly what is going on!
The original concept has been around for a while and is very simple: students work for 15-30 minutes, focused on a single task, then they “rotate”. This could be that they change out the work they are doing or they could be physically moving to a different area of the room for a new task. This is repeated throughout the day. It’s been extremely effective for years. Teachers often use the classroom clock or, even better, and timer with an audible alarm to let students know when time is up. 30/30 lets you set up these timed rotations and display them from your device to your Apple TV. This lets students know, at a glance, what they are supposed to be working on and how long they have to do it.
The tasks themselves that the schedule cycles through can be color-coded and marked with a simple icon. Consistent use of these color codes and icons have given my students an even faster recognition of how to be on-task. The app is also designed with large easy-to-read letters and numbers, displayed white-on-color so that the time and task can be easily read anywhere in the room.
The app is simple to use on-the-fly as interruptions or unexpected events take place in the classroom. The main screen is completely free of buttons. Instead, you use gestures to manipulate the tasks and navigate through the app. Want to add a few more minutes or move ahead faster? Just tap the screen on the right or left of the clock. Want to skip a task completely and move on to the next one? Just swipe the task and it will move down the list. This is what has set this app apart for me; I can use it in less than ideal situation and in the real day-to-day activities in my classroom.
The app can save your task lists in folders for repeated use. If you have a routine that is the same, every Tuesday for example, you can open up that folder and have the app guide you and your students through that plan every week.
30/30 is a great productivity app that I have used not only in my classroom with my students, but also while hosting professional developments and to keep parent conferences running on time.