Making The Grade: passive notifications on Apple make it ideal for teachers

Create the rank is a weekly series by Bradley Chambers about Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an educational environment since 2009. Through his experience in the implementation and management of 100s Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will point to ways in which Apple's products work extensively, from trenches of IT management and ways Apple improves its products for students.

Apple Series 4 was announced at Apple's annual iPhone event and looks like a promising upgrade for Series 3 owners (and especially Series 0.1 and 2 owners). With the ability to detect AFIB with an accuracy of 98%, reduced edges and additional complications, Series 4 Apple seems to become a hit.

As I do every week on my Making The Grade column, I like to look at things from the perspective of a teacher or student. This week I want to consider the benefits of an Apple for a teacher. I think this industry is perfect for Apple and I want to explain why.


While teachers go through the room, they work with students and give instructions. As they do this, a whole world happens outside their door. Here is an example of a scenario that happens frequently at my school. A parent makes an appeal to pass on the afternoon pick-up changes to their child. They call the school secretary. The school secretary must inform the teacher by e-mail or call the room telephone. The disadvantage of e-mail is that the teacher does not always look at it during the day. The disadvantage of calling the room telephone is that they have to interrupt everything that the students are doing. If the teacher bears an Apple, they can passively receive an iMessage from the school secretary with the change. They can quickly see the warning, keep the student up to date about the change and continue with their day.

Another situation is the possibility to receive VIP e-mail alerts on your Apple. I do not recommend receiving all your email alerts on your Apple, but I recommend that you set it up where you can receive VIP notifications. Teachers can set it up where they receive alerts from the administrators at their school, but no one else. If you do this, you can be sure that they will receive emails about school immediately while ignoring other emails until later.

Although I wrote this on the basis of teachers, I think that Apple is also well suited for many other industries. I have friends who work in health care and Apple has become very popular. They can easily receive notifications without pulling the telephone (and not touching their phone).

What do you think? Do you work in an industry where Apple is a game changer for you day by day?

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