Getting the most out of your iPhone

They're more than a $600 texting machine.

Hey there, Numeracy Nation. It’s 3-point Thursday, though this could have been filed under Tuesday Tips. Either way… Learn. Do. Repeat.

Most 21st century teachers are used to students with cell phones in class. As far as I’m concerned, cell phones are perfectly acceptable as long as they don’t become a distraction. Texting and so forth are the 21st century equivalent to passing notes, which is also unacceptable.

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The reason these activities are deemed unacceptable is that they can be distracting for students. My tip to students is to start using their iPhones as a useful tool. Yes, they are fun toys, but they can do so much more for you.

Using Reminders

Reminders are a great way to remember that important assignment are test. Press and hold your home button, “Remind me to read 499 to 501 tonight.” Done, it’s as simple as that. Or, “Remind me Wednesday at 3:18 to bring my English note cards home.”


Set appointment on your calendar to remind you of important dates, such as final exams. “Hey Siri… set an appointment on my calendar for a final exam on Tuesday, May 31 at 10 AM.”


There are numerous apps out there. Click here to read my previous article recommending three great free apps to help you get organized. I like Homework. These apps are a convenient way to organize your assignments and projects. There may be a learning curve, but I’m sure it’s steep. That is, you’ll learn it a fast rate. Most of these apps are looking more and more like games, so they can even be fun to use.

In a sentence, tell how you’re using personal technology in the classroom to make your life easier.