Late last week even after the iphone 4 antenna fiasco, Apple posted an incredible quarter. They also mentioned that for some reason they couldn’t get the white plastic right until the end of the year. I was waiting for that one, but decided that was too long to wait and got myself the new one. What to do with my old one, I thought. It’s headed to my classroom. Here are my top 20 reasons for having iphones in the classroom. If you have more, I’m all ears!
- It’s an ipod after all – kids can listen to audio books (formerly called books on tape) – and it can play music
- It’s an e-reader – even though I can’t read for too long on those small screens, kids can.
- It’s a recorder – kids can record themselves reading
- It’s a camera – kids love taking pictures and from their perspective, there are always interesting shots. Unfortunately my phone is 2 versions old and doesn’t do video (but I hear there may be a way to do this)
- It’s a drawing pad – just think, no messy fingers full of paint, no wasted paper, and a gallery of kid art
- It’s a calculator – you can even geek out and get one in reverse Polish notation
- It’s a clock – and a timer, stop watch, alarm – you can even get a binary clock.
- It’s a dictionary
- It’s wikipedia
- Kids can watch BBC or PBS clips on youtube (National Geographic, Nasa, and Discovery have great apps too)
- It’s a web browser
- That means it’s also a writing tool (zoho.com is a good example – a mobile google docs is coming soon)
- It can still be used as a phone without a plan over wifi (skype)
- A lot of educational games – Scrabble, chess, sudoku, tangrams, pentominos, (and a lot of games that aren’t) – there are also flashcard games, memory games, strategy games, puzzles, mad libs, etc.
- It can be used as an FTP server (if you don’t know what this means, ignore and read the next one)
- It can be used as a remote for your slide shows, used as a mouse, even be a remote desktop for your pc!
- It can be a translator or converter (imperial to metric, dollars to euros)
- Kids can use it to roll dice or flip a coin
- It’s great for mapping – google earth is amazing
- It can be used as a flashlight/level/ruler (you get the idea)
- (bonus) – it’s a musical instrument too.
If anyone reading this has an old iphone 3g or 3gs sitting around in a drawer somewhere, I am accepting donations for my classroom. I’ll also be accepting any old Kindles that would otherwise be unused.
Interesting story here – don’t know how legit it is, but a $35 tablet computer? I’ll believe it when I see it.