By David Becker
Last year, the Apple Watch was released to everyday consumers. With that came a new gadget for everyday people. App developers could create new and innovate ways for people to use their apps and services. One of the top questions that still remains is whether or not college students need this for their everyday student lives on campuses across the nation.
There are many ways a college student could make good use out of the Apple Watch. One of these ways would be to track health and fitness, whether it be by the user’s workout routine or the more conventional use would be using Apple Maps to get to the nearest Starbucks. Another use could be by using a calculator app such as Calcbot.
One bad thing about the Apple Watch for colleges and professors is that it is the ultimate camouflage for cheaters. Evernote is one example of this. Since most students have their iPhones on them when in class (therefore, connected to the Apple Watch), Evernote on the Apple Watch would allow for students to organize notes and easily cheat on exams. Even using a calculator (Calcbot) on a math exam could be considered cheating in some cases (standardized tests such as the ACE exam forbid the use of a calculator).
Another issue is the constant distraction in the classroom. Yes, the sounds and vibrations can be turned off via Do Not Disturb Mode, but if I’m a student and see my Apple Watch lighting up, I’m always going to check it. Notifications can be from a simple text message, Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Overall, I do not believe the Apple Watch is necessary for the average college student. There are some out there that could really benefit from this technology, but at the end of the day, it’s distraction central. Yes, it’s cool to have on your wrist and show off to your friends, but as for the classroom environment, just stick to the smartphone. Your grades and GPA will thank you for it.