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An Apple (watch) For The Teacher

Teachers are infamously known for receiving apples as gifts....So let's talk about this kind of Apple...the Apple (watch)! The Apple Watch is the new-ish, snazzy piece of technology out there for techies and regular folk alike. I bought mine almost two years ago and have LOVE it ever since! When I first heard of it, I didn't realize its potential. After one day of use at school, I was hooked! As a teacher, I must say that the Apple Watch is an essential part of my school gear. It's stylish, functional, and motivational.

Here are some of the features that can help a teacher out the most:

Notifications- To reply or not to reply? That is the question. Teachers are all the time getting notifications on their phones during the day, from texts to email or phone calls. Replying on the watch isn't ideal for the classroom, but the ability to see if an immediate response is needed is very helpful! Ohhh the group texts! Does your grade level do group texts? You can stay more in tune with the happenings of the group text, and others, without distracting away from teaching. All you have to do is take a quick glance to see if it's urgent. If not, just reply when you are done teaching! There ya go!

Alarms- How many teachers have a gazillion alarms?!? On the Apple Watch, they are labeled with the title from your phone alarm settings and you can silence from the watch! Hallelujah! No more annoying alarms sounding from all the way across the room (or wherever you laid your phone down!) No more sending kids to get it for you! No more kids rushing to silence it for you- my eye is starting to twitch just thinking about my alarms before the Apple Watch!!!
Weather- When asked, "Do I need my jacket for recess???, all I have to do is look at my Watch App. It has the temperature/weather right there for you on the screen! Easy breezy lemon squeezy! Need to know if you need your jacket for carline duty- check your Watch!
        

Timers- Time those kiddos to get things right! When they are cleaning up, you can start a timer! Just choose the duration in which they can do it! Same concept as a regular timer BUT ON YOUR WRIST! The only other way you can accomplish that is with a rubber band and a kitchen timer. May be cool..... or not... you decide! ;)
Activity- Monitor your activity levels with this motivational tool! You can set goals for how much you want to move during the day and also track your steps. You can share your activity with other to stay motivated, too! Sounds like a good teacher/staff school challenge!
     

I forgot to mention the watch face is cutomizeable! I like to change it when I'm feeling bored with the current one. You can change color schemes, add a personal background picture, or change from analog to digital. I am personally rocking the analog with lime green accents lately. If you want to wear your own face, you can also do that! You may get some odd glances your way, but DO YOU!!
    



No matter what watch face I'm using, I like to have the activity bands, date, weather temperature, and battery on the screen! Those are my go to's on the Apple Watch! I also love that you can have moon phases too! SUPER HELPFUL TO KNOW WHEN IT'S A FULL MOON! Can I get an AMEN!?

For more style, you can choose from a variety of bands from Apple (pricey) to Amazon (cheaper). I have lime green and light gray. Our amazing school secretary has a watch band for nearly every outfit- I get jealous of her vast collection! She got all of hers off Amazon! I wear the light gray day to day, but lime green is my favorite color wise! It has a handy magnetic charger to charge while you sleep. It doesn't last longer than a day for me so I charge it each night.

My recent student teacher asked for one for a graduation present! She said that it seems like you're not a teacher if you don't have one hah! So true! I hope her dreams came true!

WHAT DO YOU THINK????
 Do you have an Apple Watch? Did I leave out any awesome features a teacher might love? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. Now I will really have to look into getting one! You had me at the alarm!!

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    1. It is a gamechanger for sure!!! If I had to pick my top favorite feature it would be between the alarms and text notifications! I just love being able to look at my wrist to know what's going on!

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  2. I got my Apple Watch today!! Totally pumped to use it in my future classroom. :):):)

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    1. YAY!!!!! I'm so glad you got it! Send me a pic of which one you got!! :)) You will love it in your classroom!

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  3. Oh gosh! Now I'm thinking of getting one :) You inspired me. I need those alarms during guided reading to stay on time. I also look at my phone to see the teachers group text and I hate having the kids (and aides) think that I'm looking at my phone! Seriously, considering it!!!

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  4. You should totally get one!!!:) I think it is well worth it for teachers! I always hated having to get up and find it if an alarm or ding went off! I use the timers and alarms allll the time! Now I just check my wrist, and I can do it pretty discreetly, too! You can have the watch ding, but I prefer it to do the tiny vibrate. The ding is a bit too distracting for the kids lol! Keep me updated if you get one!

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  5. I'm planning on getting one!! It seems like such a helpful tool as a teacher. One question though...How far from your phone can you be and still get texts? If my phone is in the classroom and I'm on recess duty, is it still going to work?

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    1. Great question! If I'm around my classroom, let's say in my neighboring teacher's rooms in my hallway, it will work. If I go all the way to the lunchroom or office, it won't stay connected. I believe it's estimated to work within 300 feet. When you are out of range, a little red phone with a line over it will appear so you will know you are not in range. Another feature I love is you can page your phone! If you aren't sure where you left it, you can keep hitting the page button until you find it! I have done this when I left it around the school LOL

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