Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by YoungTeacherGuy, Jul 16, 2017.
Jul 16, 2017
anyone have one? If so, are you happy with your purchase? Contemplating buying one.
I have one, and I'm very happy with it. I use it primarily for the notifications (texts, reminders, calendar alerts, etc.), but it's also nice for tracking fitness levels. It comes in handy when I have a lot of students who go to other teachers throughout the day. I just set reminders for each student's schedule, and then my watch lets me know when it's time to send them! It's also helpful for knowing if I received an important text in the middle of teaching. I don't always have my phone right by me, but I can quickly see if there is something urgent that I need to respond to. All in all, a great purchase!
A very good friend was dismayed when her spouse gave her one - too expensive, not necessary, and the list went on. A year later, and I'm not sure she could live without it. I'm not as invested in my electronics, and certainly not afraid to miss a text or a calendar alert, but for those joined at the hip with their cell phones and computers, it seems to be something highly enjoyable.
I should add that I felt the same as your friend initially, as I'm not usually into having the latest tech or anything like that. I mean, I love my gadgets but not in quite the same way that many do. I'm okay with older items, as long as they get the job done, and I certainly don't need to have everything. An Apple Watch didn't seem necessary to me... I changed my mind when I saw how a colleague with a FitBit was able to quickly read a text message from her husband in the middle of a team meeting we were having. It was like she didn't miss a beat in the meeting and was able to read and reply to the text message. At the time, I had been using my phone for reminders about when to send students to other teachers, but it was a hassle when I left my phone on the other side of the room and the alarm started blaring. Once I saw what my colleague could do with her FitBit (which I initially mistook for an Apple Watch), I decided that I had to have one, to make teaching and moving around the classroom easier, if nothing else. Now, it's very rare that I go a day without the Watch.
I looked at one last week when we took DSS to the Apple Store to get a new MacBook for law school. I do like gadgets, but I had trouble seeing it. I'd need to use my reading glasses to see it. I also don't have an iPhone. I love my iPad, but I prefer my Galaxy phone.
Jul 17, 2017
I'm Android as well, and I have an ASUS Zenwatch 2. I love it! I can view texts as the poster above noted, and I can even respond quickly by voice. When I was taking a prescription, I set alarms and the watch vibrated so I didn't miss a dose. It was much less expensive than an Apple Watch--about $150, as I recall. It also takes standard easy-change bands, and I have silicon bands in several colors.
Aug 1, 2017
You can get a martian notifier watch on amazon for like $30 if you want notifications. I've been very displeased with notifications from FitBit. Martian Notifier is by far my favorite to wear but it doesn't track fitness.