Integrating technology into the classroom doesn’t have to be a tedious or scary process. In fact you can do loads of cool techy things without venturing further than your iPhone. Yes, your iPhone is a source of infinite classroom technological power! (and by iPhone I mean pretty much any smart phone). These great apps and tools can be integrated into your class so easily, you’ll be giving tech lesson to your peers!
So, let’s jump right to it!
15 great Uses for your iPhone in the Classroom:
1. Google Maps – Where the heck is that? No matter what subject you teach you can integrate geography into the lesson. For example, learning algebra? It’s roots are in France and Persia. Reading Hamlet? Show them where those great English poets came from!
2. Common Core State Standards – MasteryConnect has designed an amazing app that presents you with detailed information about each standard via grade and subject area. ESL and students with special needs are found right in the app on a very user-friendly, simple interface.
3. Accents – Need I say more? There is nothing more funny for students than listening to a posh English Accent or an Australian talking about crocodiles. If you want to stay local, then have your students repeat the same phrase in different American dialects i.e, a Native Yorker, Texan or even a surfer from California.
4. Automated Student Picker – How do you pick a student the fair, quick and democratic way- Without writing out all the names on crumpled pieces of paper and throwing them into a bowl? Pick a Student app. Type in the names of the students in your class and save multiple class lists. At the click of a button your student has been randomly chosen.
5. Communicating with parents – The fastest and most effective way to reach a parent is via texting. SMS works best because it’s the default on all phones but Whatsapp is free and comes in a close second. If both options are unavailable you can email or even….dare I say it, use the phone to call the parent and Actually speak with them!
6. Note Taking – Evernote or any other note-taking app is essential for any teacher. Random idea in the middle of a lesson? jot it down! Need extra red markers for class, make a note!
7. Shoot Video – Record your students doing a specific task or saying a quotation at the end each class and upload it to a classroom blog (such as kidblog). When the last days of the school year hit, compile all the videos in a slideshow or animated movie and present it to your class.
8. Picture Time- Similar to video, take pictures of students holding up projects or reports! Have them act out historical scenes or stand next to their science experiments. Compile these pictures into a slideshow for graduation day.
9. Voice Activation and Reference – As a reference tool nothing is faster than Siri, unless you’re nota native English speaker i.e., “what is the capital of Khazakistan? Might be repeated as “what is irrational pacman?” If that’s the case then a good ‘ole Google search solves the problem.
10.Field Trip Review- Take pictures of animals, paintings or exhibits on your field trip to review in class, great for memory skills, memory games and visuals for quizzes or bonus points on a test.
11. Field Trip App, even better!
Next time you take a class trip, surprises will surround you! Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, a card pops up with details about the location such as local food, historical facts, or the nearest bathroom! No click required.The best part is that you can have the info read to you without the students hearing, via bluetooth!
12. Stopwatch and Funny Alarms
hand out an assignment to your students and choose a funny ringtone to set off the alarm (preferably relevant to the lesson “The British are Coming!”). Functions like Reminders, stopwatches, flashlight and even the good o’le calculator are very quick and handy go-to tools.
13. Capture and Store!
Did you create a great lesson plan, or draw a hysterical comic on the board for the class? Are you grading papers and need a copy of a certain students test/homework assignment. Just snap a picture, sit back and relax bc this item is now stored. Oh and make sure you’re backed up in the cloud!
14. Skype or Viber an Expert!
This is the place to store your books and use them as reference in class, highlight and bookmark relevant pages so you can quickly ‘flip’ to the right page.