iPhone for Kindergarteners (Or Younger Kids!)

I’m now a proud iPhone owner (and loving it), and I’m noticing when people mention new ways the amazing (though expensive) handheld Internet devices can be used in education. My colleague Lainie McGann from the Newport-Mesa USD shared with me this email from Colleen Gurney, a Kindergarten teacher in the district:

During parent-teacher conferences a dad said how his little girl loves to look on his iPhone at the weather to see the temperature. So I told him that would be great to keep discussing Fahrenheit, Celsius, degrees, and what not. I also said that if she likes the iPhone, it would be great for her to look at the Calendar to practice the days of the week, months of the year, and yesterday/today/tomorrow (all good Kinder skills). The clock is also a good tool because it is one of the few analog clocks left in this world and practice time to the hour is also a K standard. So how about that? The iPhone is fun for parents and educational for kids!”

The image above is Colleen’s daughter Natalie flipping through pictures of herself on her mother’s iPhone. When do you think 6 week old Clark will be ready to do his first Google search with my iPhone? ;)