April 2, 2015
I write this post with the assumption that the reader knows that the “Apple Watch” is not a chart in the Farmers’ Almanac to aid farmers with apple picking dates. No, it is a watch from the same company that sent Forrest Gump a letter about his stock options. Gump notes in the film that he “doesn’t have to worry about money anymore.”
On April 24, 2015 – people, I expect millions of them, will be wearing this device on their wrists. Certainly, some of them will be professors and students. By the way, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, the best day to pick apples is between April 2 and May 31.
Yesterday, in my Dramatic Theory and Criticism class, while the students were taking a midterm exam, I found myself thinking how our class might be different if we were all wearing an Apple Watch? Certainly, they would know what time it was, but what about the other possibilities?
• Could I actually monitor their heart rates on my watch or computer? I worry that when I hand out the exams the data stream might overload the network. Seriously though, it might be helpful to compare the data over time to discover how the stress levels compare from class to class and year to year.
• If I was giving a midterm with a time limit for each question, I could send out a vibration to their watches. Via the Taptic Engine in the watch the student would feel a vibration and know that it was time to move on to the next question. Sublime.
• During the days before the midterm the students could program their watches to send themselves a text with a study question that they would have to answer correctly in order to receive a pre-programmed reward (Many possibilities here for Starbucks and Taco Bell). Not the correct answer, the question repeats in one hour. Goodbye 3 X 5 flash cards!
When the midterms are graded, I could program my learning management system to send the results to each students watch. This would minimize that agonizing waiting time for the results.
As I ponder the possibilities and think about what model I am going to pick from my local Apple tree, I invite your thoughts on this topic.
How can you see the Apple Watch integrated into your classroom?
How might the Apple Watch improve student success?
Prof. David C. Pecoraro
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Daniel & David
Apple Watch is Coming to Our Classrooms