I have tried to use the iPad 2 as a classroom tool. In my ongoing quest to learn to speak Spanish at least as well as the average Spanish three-year-old, I go to classes a couple nights a week. I have used both iPads one and two (the 2 was bought to snap photos of the whiteboard, a task it utterly fails in), and they’re great. The problem is, they keep slipping off the table.
The neat little Smart Phone Note might be just the thing, though. With it I can press my aging iPod Touch back into action one last time, just like a tiny, electronic Rocky Balboa. The Smart Phone Note is a paper notepad with a slot up top to hold your iPhone (although it should work for the iPod Touch too). You can even leave the phone in there as you run from class to class or — in my case — from class to nearby bar. The slot will hold the iPhone in either landscape or portrait orientations.
Thus equipped, I could use a dictionary app and view photos taken of the whiteboard from previous lessons (with a proper camera, dammit) while writing on paper, all without anything slipping off the desk. There’s even a cut out for plugging in headphones, which frankly seems dumb, or at least pointless.
The Smart Phone Note is available now, for 30,000 Won, or around $27.