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Education Apps: The New Use for Smart Phones

With the ubiquitous presence of the iPhone or Droid smart phones on college campuses, students carry around a potential learning tool. Smart phones can access the internet, a plethora of applications designed for education, but how can these devices change education? In 2008, Abilene Christian University wanted to see how smart phones could better education, and they provided students and faculty with iPhones or iPod Touches. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, several universities are developing applications for smart phones that would help students engage with the material, their professors, and each other.


According to the article, smart phone applications or apps can be useful as study aids, attendance taking tools, even providing resources for the larger community associated with the university. While no one smart phone app can be used for every university department, many professors are becoming more creative with the development of their own apps or using apps to facilitate learning outside the classroom. Smart phones will not replace lectures or study periods; however, smart phones do offer a wider range of education enhancing apps for students and professors.


You can read more at The Chronicle for Higher Education.





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