Texas university giving freshmen iPhones and iPod touches

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  1. possiblegurly

    possiblegurly New Member

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    Schools and universities are often big fans of Apple products, which usually translates to labs and laptop carts full of Macs. Educational institutions across the country have also started to provide students with personal laptops. Louisiana recently launched a program to distribute MacBooks to elementary school students, and now Abilene Christian University in Texas is getting into the act as well. But rather than handing out MacBooks, the university will be distributing iPhones and iPod touches to all incoming freshmen.

    ACU began exploring uses for mobile devices in the summer of 2007 and ran a pilot study with faculty and and educational technology developers to determine how the iPhone could be used by students. The group came up with quite a few uses for the devices, devising more than 15 iPhone applications that they hoped will be useful to students. These applications include homework alerts, in-class surveys, directions to classrooms and offices, and meal balance information, just to name a few.

    The iPhone and iPod touch program is a direct result of the study, and the usage patterns of the incoming freshman class will shape future mobile device programs at ACU. The school is also considering other ways to integrate technology and education. CIO Kevin Roberts made a recent presentation to Apple and a number of other institutions (including most of the Ivy League) about the iPhone programs, so perhaps more schools will follow suit in the future.


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    You saw this in Yahoo didnt you?
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    Wow! I wish I went to that school...Heck, I wish I could go to a school that would provide me with a regular ol' PC laptop anything would be awesome.
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    simonrichards150 New Member

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    If only this kind of thing was standard practice here

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    Chucky102 Well-Known Member

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    My Cousin goes to UH University of Houston and he got a MacBook Pro and an iPod nano (those new ones) just a month ago. Never heard of iPhones and iPod touches...
    I can't wait one more year til i graduate!!!!
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    Blake Super Moderator Emeritus

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    I agree eva, the best thing we have is a cart full of Dell Inspirion(SP?) notebooks.
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    No way this is free. Just watch, the fee's for classes/enrollment are gonna increase a little more than usual for this addition if they do it...
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    i go to high school in Clarksville, MD and a few years ago they gave out pocket pc's to ALL the students. The students had to return them, but the teachers kept them.
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    wow that the only thing I can say.. Wish my school was like that

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