What to Watch For
My childhood dream has finally come true. Now, I too can be a Power Ranger, James Bond or, if we’re getting really nostalgic, a Jetson. A watch that’s a phone. A phone that’s a watch. Yup. Samsung has finally done it. They’ve developed a package in which a watch has the capabilities of a smart phone. I’m not saying that this would be the easiest device in which to play Angry Birds or whatever other app suits your fancy, but the potential for this product in the classroom is very intriguing.
Now, I know that I may not be Twitter’s biggest advocate at times. Within the past two weeks, I finally started to embrace this social media application and am slowly opening my eyes to the potential benefits in the classroom. One of my central theories regarding Twitter is that it would be a highly effective means of tweeting assignments or additional resources via links to my students. Not the most original idea. However, as a student, if I don’t want to deal with school for a moment, I can ignore emails or my agenda.
This is where Samsung and their new creation come in. It’s hard to ignore a watch. Sure, maybe students ditch the watch during gym class or practice. Yet, accessories are in right now. Our nation, in all its capitalistic glory, is clearly very concerned with accessories and materialism. Perfect. Essentially, this new creation, along with the use of Twitter, can be seen as the most effective assignment planner available. Give it time for the price to go down, and other cellular companies to produce similar products, and teachers have an open line if you will into students lives. We can be like Zordon, and our students Power Rangers. Picture this scenario for instance. A student is at home, being less than productive watching television or playing video games, and all of a sudden…….Beep beep beep. They glance at their wrist and see that I, Zordon if you will, have just sent out a Tweet reminding students of an assignment due the next day. Hard to ignore something wrapped snugly around your wrist. Pretty awesome right?