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06 May 2015
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The Complete EDU Guide to the Apple Watch

In my last post, I exposed “7 Benefits of the Apple Watch 4 U to Ponder”. One week later, I thought I would highlight 4 Unexpected Benefits and 10 Questions to Ponder…

Before I dive right in to the EDU portion of this post, I thought I would share some additional insight and benefits associated with the wearable technology.

Let it be known that I receive no kickbacks of any sort blogging about the Apple Watch and that I share my reflections freely and solely to provide the edusphere with insight into the product and the possible impact it may have in education… Let it also be known that I enjoy staging my own product shots with my collection of LEGO Minifigures (see the full collection here in this Flickr album).

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4 Unexpected Benefits of the Apple Watch…

I have to admit I originally bought the Apple Watch due to my desire to be an early adopter and explorer… BUT I soon realized that my tech accessory was ticking with unexpected benefits…

  • Longer Life of iPhone Battery: While there have been multiple posts about an increased drain on the iPhone battery, I have experienced an inverse trend. I use the Apple Watch when I need to and have far less of a need to use my iPhone (which is great… as I recently dropped it like an irresponsible teenager and the model I have also has a battery defect).
  • Less Distraction: I really thought more devices = more distraction BUT I actually found this to be quite the opposite. The Apple Watch provides quick pings and alerts so I feel connected but not distracted. I know that may sound strange but I liken it to the idea of having a work computer and a play computer. If you have two devices each devoted to a different focus than you tend to be less distracted when using that device for that purpose. I can tell you that my iPhone was super distracting. I would get a Twitter ping and then next thing I know it I would be checking my email and pinning.
  • Less Loss and Damage: As I mentioned above, I recently dropped my phone and cracked it. I can also tell you that I have misplaced it several times. As a female, I don’t typically have pockets and I don’t like carrying a purse so my iPhone is most likely in my hand or sitting on a flat surface close to me. The beauty of the watch is that it is an accessory that is attached to my wrist so the likelihood of loss or damage is greatly lessened and I am truly hands-free.
  • Fewer Missed Calls: We did away with a land line a few years ago so we really do rely on our cell phones. When I get home, I typically charge it in the kitchen or the bedroom and find myself sprinting to answer a call across the house. The ability to quickly answer calls right on my wrist saves me the occasional bashed knee cap.

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But you mentioned EDU questions to ponder, TechChef… you have me intrigued…

10 Apple Watch EDU Questions to Ponder…

With this new addition to wearable technology, comes a few intriguing questions.

  1. How Will Existing Apps Be Redesigned for the Smaller Screen? (See Article Here)
  2. How Will The Gaming Industry Design Apps for the Apple Watch? (See Article Here)
  3. Will The Length of Articles Evolve With the Smaller Screen Size? (See Article Here)
  4. What Should and Could You Do with an Apple Watch? (See Article Here: Not Appropriate for EDU but good read as it poses the question of which device is best suited for certain tasks. This Article highlights what you can do with the Apple Watch without your iPhone.)
  5. How Will the Apple Watch Be Implemented in Educational Settings? (See Article Here)
  6. What Factors Will Decide if the Apple Watch Will Triumph Google Glass? (See Article Here)
  7. What Kind Of Impact could the Apple Watch Have on People’s Health? (See Article Here)
  8. What Kind of Impact will the Apple Watch Have on Safety? (See Article Here)
  9. What Accessories Will be Designed to Support the Apple Watch? (See These Examples… Battery Straps, Unified Charging Docks, Customized Bands, Charging Dock Cases, etc…)
  10. How Will Apple Watch and Other Wearable Technologies Impact Marketing? (See Article Here)
  11. Bonus: How Kind of Impact Does Wearable Technology Have on Security? (See Article Here)

“Many students take part in maker labs, hours of code, and even write persuasive papers – these topics are very timely and interesting and if anyone can solve them or provide creative solutions for them… it is our mobile natives… the youth of today. “- Lisa Johnson

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What Other Apple Watch EDU Goodies Do You Have For Us Today?

You know me oh too well… I do have a few goodies. With my slight obsession for the Apple Watch, I have happed upon a few wicked good resources. All of them are curated on my new “Apple Watch” Pinterest board

  • Clever Apple Watch Journaling: The clever Venspired on Instagram has been journaling her experiences with her new Apple Watch. I love that she recently mentioned the benefits of receiving notifications on her wrist during the movies. (The idea of advertorials and different types of writing and audiences is way to expand and strengthen our student’s writing portfolio. Journaling your experiences with a new device or even pedagogical method is such wonderful reflective learning process that obviously could be expanded to other topics beyond the Apple Watch.)

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  • Creative Musings: Many times we use setting to differentiate creative writing. For example, we take a Shakespeare play and set it in modern day New York. Consider a creative writing project that asks the question… “What If Shakespeare, Napoleon, or Lincoln Had an Apple Watch?” This idea of historical fiction infuses creative writing and critical thinking in an engaging way. Carl Hooker has a fantastic example of what this could look like in his post, “How Modern Technology Could Have Changed these Classic Movies”.

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Where Can I Learn More?

If you are a trend seeker or just interested in digging in deeper in to the impact wearable technology will have on education, you can follow my new “Apple Watch” Pinterest board that also includes user tips, research, and even more on accessibility. If you are a Twitter junkie like myself… then you can follow the #AppleWatch, #iWatch, #Wearables, #WearableTech, and #WearableTechnology

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27 Apr 2015
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7+ Benefits of the Apple Watch 4 U to Ponder…

So, let’s just get this all out of the way… Yes, I am an Apple Fan Girl. Yes, my super amazing hubby got up at 2am to place our Apple Watch order. And Yes… I am doing my due diligence to now craft a blog about my initial experiences and findings…

“While I am an Apple Fan Girl… I am also a realist. I know that this watch is a first generation model and that much more functionality will be added to it in the future so purchasing a base model with the intent to upgrade in a year or two made the most sense for me.” – Lisa Johnson

And thanks to a random conversation at Trattoria Lisina last night… I learned about the Click Kickstarter which essentially allows you to “jailbreak” the Apple Watch band and use any 22mm watch band with the new model…

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And/Or you can purchase or design your own bands using Casetify (or check out some existing designs here).

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Tell me TechChef… What features do you feel are currently meaningful?

iWatch Benefits

In the few days I have had to play, I will tell you that there are several features I have definitely found very valuable in this new accessory.

Haptic Directional Feedback

This one may be the best. We are hands-free in Texas as many states are. I have always been directionally challenged so the Map app on my iPhone is a must. Even though it provides audio and visual navigation, I find it difficult sometimes to not pick it up or to see it as it is not built in to the dash like a factory installed navigational system would be.

  • Benefit of Watch: If you route a destination with your iPhone, your watch automatically picks up that information and sends you haptic feedback right before a turn. Essentially it vibrates on your wrist. This is far less distracting (and safer) then picking up the phone and far more effective and desirable to my process of arriving at my desired destination.

Quick Text Responses

While I am a bit of a social geek, I will say that I have a difficulty with keeping up with the myriad of communications I receive.

  • Benefit of Watch: The ability to quickly respond to texts with default responses (e.g. Yes, No, Absolutely, Talk Later…) as well as emoticons and audio directly from my wrist is really beneficial.

Remote Control of Camera App

Um… did you know that you can use your Apple Watch to remotely control the camera app on your iPhone?

  • Benefit of Watch: I kind of love this! It makes selfies and timed photos so easy!

Everything Evernote

I am a total Evernote Junkie so this was a most epic feature! After I got my watch, I immediately started perusing the apps available for it. And wouldn’t you know it… there is an Evernote app. Score!

  • Benefit of Watch: Now I have access to all of my notes and can even use the audio feature on the watch to dictate notes as well. This is a huge win! (More on the Evernote Watch app)

Quick Access to Music

For those of you that set your iPhone on a speaker and use it for office ambience or classroom music, the built-in music control for iTunes is slick.

  • Benefit of Watch: The ability to instantly change songs from your wrist (even though your device is docked on a speaker across the room) is really quite nice. I can also see great benefit in this if you are in a classroom that uses music to transition from or to an activity.

Control of Keynote Presentations

I love me some Keynote! Most of my presentations and professional development is run through this tool.

  • Benefit of Watch: The app allows you to control slide presentations on your iPhone directly from your wrist. Beam me up! 😉

Activity Monitoring and Feedback

When I am not in classrooms or delivering professional development, I am seated at my computer cooking up resources, connecting with my PLN, and answering emails. I have to say that I often sit for hours forgetting to stand or even take a bio break.

  • Benefit of Watch: The activity app on the watch not only tells me when to take a break but tracks calories burned, exercise, and standing.

Truly Trello

I have a feeling I will be adding to this post. I just saw in the #AppleWatch feed that Trello also has an app. Talk about getting organized and task management. This is huge and oh so helpful.

  • Benefit of Watch: By accessing Trello on your phone, it is easy to get organized. I currently have boards on on house projects, school projects, and even blogging topics. This could definitely be really helpful for students and teachers especially if students use this tool for project deadlines. (More on the Trello Watch app)

Quick Glances at Mail and Calendar

Quick access to mail and calendar has also been really beneficial. I am still working on finessing my calendar app to thread all of my google accounts together. I am pretty sure this is user error on my part.

  • Benefit of Watch: I do love the quick glance of the calendar on the wrist. I schedule all of my meetings, co-teaching, and appointments through Google Calendar so it is really nice to retrieve that info quickly at the beginning of the day… and throughout the day.

Pinging Your iPhone

I know now I may be revealing too much… but after I had my two boys… that “pregnancy brain” never really went away. In fact I frequently misplace my keys and iPhone on a most regular basis.

  • Benefit of Watch: Clearly the benefit of the watch is that is attached to my wrist (much harder to lost wearable technology). So… not only will it be difficult to lose the watch… BUT the watch actually pings my iPhone with a sound so I can locate it (when… not if) I misplace it.

So for those of you intrigued or on the fence… I hope my recap and insight has helped you evaluate this new wearable technology innovation and make an informed purchasing decision.

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Apple Watch Impressions

For those of you that received your Apple Watch… I would love to hear your initial thoughts too. Please leave them in the Comments section of this post!

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