iOS 9.3 Can Change How Classrooms Operate

iOS 9.3 is Apple’s newest software update available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It is currently available for installation. There are a bunch of cool features that come with this update. One of the most interesting features is Night Shift. One major problem with current technology is the fact that the lights emitted from our screens disrupt our sleep cycle and make falling asleep a challenge. Night Shift is Apple’s solution to this problem. The blue lights that our electronic devices give off are the big issue, so Night Shift changes the colors
of the lights. Night Shift changes the hue of the screen to a lighter yellow color.
This helps us fall asleep while still having the ability to use electronics before bed. This is huge for students, especially students at Burlington High School. Many students, myself included, use technology for a huge portion of their day, including before bed. With Night Shift, students will have a much easier time falling asleep after using their phone/iPad to check social media, watch videos, or do homework. In turn, an increased amount of sleep will help students feel better, and perform better in school.
Apple Classroom is Apple’s soon-to-be released feature that will compete against Google Classroom. Apple Classroom is a groundbreaking, innovative program. It will change the Classroom experience for teachers AND students. Apple Classroom allows teachers to remotely lock studentsiPads,open websites, or open apps on students iPads. They can also see what application each student is using. This is important because it discourages playing games, using social media, or even cheating which can be a huge problem in a school with iPads. Apple Classroom benefits students by allowing them to Airplay presentations to the class. It also prevents students from distractions, helping them learn.


While iOS 9.3 has some awesome new features, it has also proven to have quite a few bugs so far. One huge bug has been the activation bug. The activation bug is a bug that can cause older devices to get frozen upon updating. When the device is updated, it will freeze and not be able to be fixed unless the device is restored. This is a huge problem, and Apple had to pull the update so that people would not have to restore their devices. Apple has released a new version of the update that does not have this problem, so that people with older devices can update to iOS 9.3. Another bug with iOS 9.3 is that Safari is very glitchy. It sometimes will become unresponsive and refuse to open.

While iOS 9.3 is very beneficial to students and teachers, its other features are beneficial to anybody. One new unique feature that iOS 9.3 has is that Notes supports TouchID. This is awesome because you can make all of your notes private, and even store stuff like your passwords in your notes and not have to worry about anybody seeing your private information. Apple Music has also been updated to make it easier to download songs to your library. Overall, iOS 9.3 is an awesome update that has plenty of new features that will help everybody with an Apple device.


How Duolingo Can Teach You A New Language

The app Duolingo is a free app that helps you learn a new language. It is very simple to use. All you have to do is register for a free account, pick a language you want to learn, and begin taking lessons. Within the app, you can set a goal for how many experience points you want to earn daily. Experience points are rewarded when you finish a lesson. Each lesson is a short quiz that teaches you new words, and there are many lessons. Each day, the app sends a notification to remind you to finish your lessons. If you ignore them, you lose progress and have to retake old lessons. This is very beneficial because it helps reinforce the words you learned. One cool feature that this app has is you can share your progress with a teacher or parent by adding their email under the progress sharing setting. On top of the constant notification reminders, the app is a genuinely fun game, and it keeps its users coming back. In my opinion, many students would enjoy using this app in their foreign language classes.

In my Sophomore year, our Italian teacher had us use Duolingo, and it was very helpful. It helped me get an awesome grade on my final exam. Within the app you can add your friends to your friends list and see where you stand on a leaderboard with them. This provides some friendly competition which will encourage students to continue using the app. Another cool feature that Duolingo has is you can upload your progress to LinkedIn, and it will provide the percentage fluent you are in that language! Duolingo can help teach students new words, and help reinforce words that they already know. Based on my experiences, I believe that Duolingo can play a large role in many foreign language classrooms. Overall, I would give Duolingo a five-star rating because it is an awesome app that helps teach you a new language for free.