Welcome to ColorTimers.com!

This is a collection of visual time-keeping tools for all sorts of purposes.

This concept initially started out as a timer for students in public speaking courses, and has developed in to even more. These timers are great for a variety of purposes. You can use them for presentations, speeches, or even for tracking timed tasks. For example, maybe you're giving a quiz, and students have 10 minutes to complete it. You could use the color timer as a gradual, easy way for students to understand their timing without adding the extra stress of a ticking clock or glaring numbers.

I have personally conducted research about the color-timer method in my own classroom, which you can read about in more depth below.

Thanks for taking the time to check out this work. I hope you find something you can use!


Dr. James T. Jarc
Educator, Technologist, Scholar

Select any one of the color/visual timers below for your own use!

The Original Color Timer
The Original: Rainbow
By: James Jarc
Blow out the candle
Blow out the Candle
By: James Jarc
Welcome to Coolsville
Welcome to Coolsville
By: James Jarc
Sunset Visual Timer
Sunset Over the Water
By: James Jarc

Have your own idea?

We know there are many many possibilities for timers out there, and we would love to hear your ideas! I am interested in developing as many different timers as we can so that all types of learners, speakers, and students can benefit from the work. Or if you're a developer and you want to build your own, I would love to host it here for others to use (with credit and links to you of course!).

Let's get in touch! Click the feedback button on the right to send me a note.

The Color-Timer Research Project

I have developed and am testing a new, color-based timing device for use in public speaking classrooms. My co-investigators and I conducted an exploratory study to evaluate the effectiveness of the tool as a means of reducing public speaking anxiety, improving student performance, and improving time management during formal speeches. The study was conducted at a small nursing college in Ohio where student participants (n=158) used the color-timer during a speech and then completed a short opinion survey. Broadly, students found the timer to be reasonably accurate, not distracting, and more helpful than harmful with regard to anxiety and performance. Practical implications for using the color-timer are outlined. Additionally, directions for future, more controlled, empirical research are presented, along with recommendations for improvements to the color-timer tool. The authors conclude that the color-timer application is a viable option for public speaking instructors, and is expected to be well-received by students.