While many people tend to think of Siri as a way to get directions, Siri can be an incredibly useful tool for your students to use in the classroom. Here are some things your students can do with Siri.
Word definitions – Not only will Siri give you a definition of a word, but she’ll provide you with the spelling of the word too. To try this out, say “define conjunctivitis” to Siri.
Learn interesting facts – You can ask Siri questions like “What is the 13 percent of 9,933?”, “Could you compare the GDP of Canada vs. Sweden?”, or “What is the boiling point of mercury?”. Have fun with it!
Help with visualization – Oftentimes, Siri will show you an image along with other pertinent information. Try asking, “What is an isosceles triangle?”, or “What does a velociraptor look like?”.
Dictation – Students can dictate into Siri, and Siri will transform their spoken words into written type. This feature works in any app that allows you to type.
Translation – Siri can act as your virtual translator. Ask her, “What is breakfast in French?”, or “How do I say hello in Japanese?”. This can help you make new foreign friends quickly.
Historical information – Ask Siri about dates in history such as, “When was the Battle of Hastings?”, or “When did the Beatles break up?”.
What are some other ways you like to use Siri, for personal or classroom use?