While at ISTE 2013, I ran into several...at least 10...K-12 teachers who use the Galaxy Note II as their cell phone and absolutely love it, IN and out of the classroom. I was surprised by their IN use at all, and asked them why and how they used the Galaxy Note in the classroom. I paraphrase a few comments made be to me at ISTE:
- 'It is my 'device' in a BYOD classroom. Big screen but easy to carry. I'm a small girl and don't want that big tablet to lug around.'
- 'I can take notes on my students in the note program. I walk around while the kids are doing things, and I can make notes to refer to later. I don't forget so much anymore.'
- 'We have fast wireless in our school, so I can search as fast as the kids on the computer with this phone. I can keep in touch with other teachers at my school by text, which is nice. I feel more secure with my phone on me at all times, in case something crazy happens here.'
- 'It's great for making drawings to help students and taking notes about my students. Parent teacher meetings have more meat to them. I really want to use it to control my powerpoints, too. Do you know how I can do that?'
How would you want to use a 'phablet' device in your classroom?
Here's a nice video of the features of the new Galaxy Note 3.