Want some tips for implementing edtech in your classroom? Today, we’re discussing how the Apple Watch, tablets, and LMS best practices could help your students get even more out their classroom experience.

Apple® Updates Your Students

Communities around the globe tuned in to learn about Apple’s recent updates to the iPhone. Whether you feel the latest technology will impact you or not, might it begin to impact the lives of your students, or even their education? Along with making the phone slightly larger in size, making it better for videos and research, Apple also released the Apple Watch™.

While this may seem futuristic, wearable technology is playing an increasingly larger role in students’ lives. Have you noticed Nike Fuels and Fitbits on students’ wrists, tracking their fitness and vitals? Wearable technology could also help your students improve their time management and keep up with their academic calendar, for example. Imagine a time when your syllabus is always strapped to your students’ wrists!

In an ongoing poll on the Engaging Minds blog, we asked the instructor community, “What is your opinion on smart watches and other wearable tech in the classroom?”

Smart watches and wearable tech in the class

So far, the majority, 54% of instructors, are excited about the prospects. There’s still time to add your voice to the discussion—place your vote in the poll, which appears in the right nav of the blog!

If you’re curious to learn how your classroom might utilize technology of this nature, try reaching out to the students themselves. As a writing prompt or discussion topic, ask your students for their most creative ideas for Apple (or other) technology in their education. Another place to start would be the Apple Store for Education, where college students, faculty, and staff can save with education pricing.

Laptops and Tablet Use in Class

In another recent poll, we asked instructors, “What is your attitude towards laptop and tablet use in class?”

Laptop and tablet use in the classroom

The majority, 71% of instructors, shared that they are either open to laptop and tablet use in class or even encourage it. An interesting 10% of instructors say that they require their use in the classroom. Only 19% of instructors revealed that they are opposed to this type of edtech in their classroom.

According to the article “Student Voices: Using Digital: Giving Shape to ‘Flat’ Learning” by Joy Hamilton, Alumnus from the University of Dayton:

I use technology because it is second nature to me, and as with most students of my generation, I use digital tools because they make the coursework and studying a breeze. In addition, because of the multiple resources and integration digital tools provide, I am able to understand the class material at a much deeper level than just mere words on the page. I can do further research and delve into my own thoughts and understandings using those technology and digital products, and doing so allows me to be the best student I can possibly be.

Get the Most Out of Your LMS

This week at the Engaging Minds blog, we shared our latest Market Insight paper, “Supplementing Learning Management Systems with Custom Content to Engage Students.”

Learning Management System (LMS) integration is designed to deliver an optimal user experience, promoting student engagement and improved learning outcomes. Capturing the instructor and student perspectives, this report demonstrates how classrooms across the country are using LMSs. The paper includes suggestions for utilizing the most effective tools, materials, and resources within your course LMS.

» Download Cengage Learning’s latest Market Insight paper: Supplementing Learning Management Systems with Custom Content to Engage Students.