Not long after school started, I posted about my iPod Touch and some of the apps that I have downloaded that have educational value. Today, I thought I would write an exhaustive list of apps to date.
As you can see, I have accumulated several apps.
For this post, I have decided to divide my list into
Function: Items in this category speak to the function of the iPhone/iTouch. Items listed in this category are MUST HAVES for the iPhone/iTouch. I use 15 of these items multiple times per day.
Top item for this category is a four way tie between my home screen apps…Phone, Calendar, Messages, Mail. Without these, the iPhone would be just a cool gadget.
Educational: Items in this category are informational by nature.
Top item for this category is Dictionary. I just downloaded this app last night and love it already!
Educational Games: Items in this category are fun games but are educational in nature.
Top item for this category is Physics Free. It is a cool game that implements Newton’s Laws of Motion very nicely.
Games: Items in this category have little to do with “learning” per se’.
Hands down, Catan. It is my favorite board game. Well worth the $4.99!
Cool stuff (to me at least): Items in this category are things that I really enjoy but realize others might not.
Top item for this category is MobileRSS. This app allows you to read your Google Reader feed on the go.
Stuff I never use but can’t delete: Hopefully, this category is self explanatory.
Top item for this category is Compass. Why would you need a compass if you have Google Maps (a pre-installed app)?
I continue to believe that the iTouch and the iPhone would be a great asset to students in schools. However, you [students] are the ones who have to prove to everyone that you can and should be trusted with this responsibility.
Currently, students are not supposed to be carrying cell phones or wireless devices during school hours. However, I have collected and turned in many cell phones. The rule says that they need to be in your lockers. Keep them there.
Surely, there are many rebuttals to this rule, some of them might even be valid. Here are three of the most common ones that I hear on a pretty regular basis:
- What if I need to get in touch with my parents?
- What if there is an emergency?
- I think it is a stupid rule.
I think I can come up with a pretty good response to each of these, however you might not like them…
Getting in touch with parents
The school has phones. If there is a valid reason to contact a parent, the school has always been more than willing to allow you to use its phone. However, I would suspect, many times you “need” to get in touch with a parent, it is to do one of two things: bring you something you should have taken the responsibility to remember to bring yourself or to get them to come and check you out. In my opinion, neither of these is a good reason to call home.
Have you ever used your phone for an emergency? A true emergency? Was someone in danger of losing life or limb? Was there a fire? A terrorist attack? I didn’t think so. In case of emergency, it is the responsibility of the school to contact the proper personnel.
Many of you would argue that not being allowed to carry and use your cell phone is just a stupid rule. In life, there are going to be rules and laws that you think are stupid. For example, I think that going 55 miles per hour on Highway 64 between Bald Knob and Memphis is ridiculous. However, it is the law, so I follow it. If you ever want to be allowed to use your cell phone to its full potential, it would be wise to show those who make and enforce the rules that you are mature enough to follow and respect them, even if you do not agree with them.
There are many appropriate uses for cell phones in the classroom, however…
- Texting when the teacher is giving instruction
- Updating your facebook status
- Taking inappropriate/unwanted pictures of classmates
- Taking a picture of a test for a classmate
- [make up your own]
…is probably not one of them…
The best way to show decision makers that you are ready for cell phones in the classroom is to act responsibly with the rules that are already in place…they will notice!
By the way, from what I have seen, we are not quite ready yet…