Apps & Education
Smartphone and tablet ownership continues to skyrocket, and reason is clear: The possibilities and functions these devices provide, thanks to the many apps available, make them essential in this tech-forward age. This
means they can have a big impact on not only our day-to-day lives, but in the classroom, too.
Why smartphones work for students
- "There's an app for that". More than 500.000 apps are available in the iTunes store alone; a similar number of available on Google's Android Market. Average number of apps downloads per user: 1) Android - 53;
2) iPhone - 83.
- Smartphones and tablets combine many functions in one device. An ever-increasing number of apps allow users to perform multiple tasks anytime and anywhere.
- Ownership continues to increase: 1) Adults ages 18 to 24 who had a smartphone: May 2011 - 49%; February 2012 - 67%; 2) Adults who owned a tablet or e-reader: December 2011 - 10%; January 2012 - 19%.
- US app downloads in millions (April 2012): 1) Android - 673.99; 2) iPhone - 378.09; 3) iPad - 79.46; 4) WP7 - 12.07.
- As of March 2012, more than 25 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple's App Store. More than 1 billion app are downloaded each month.
- Benefits: 1) Provides instantaneous information: Web browsing and apps can bring loads of info to a student's fingertips in moments; 2) Engaging: Students can answer polls, Tweet questions, and look up information
during class; 3) They're ultra portable: Smartphones weigh a fraction of other devices, making them easier to always carry: iPhone - 4.9 oz.; iPad - 1.44 lbs.; MacBook Pro - 4.5+ lbs.; 4) Study tool: Students can
download apps to study whenever they want. 47% of students say they have used an application for learning purposes.
Smartphones make a difference
- Students who study on their mobile devices study 40 minutes more each week than those who don't.
- Students who use their smartphones as study devices study more often and more efficiently.
- Students studying on mobile devices are nearly three times more likely to track their progress.
- 60% of students say they would pay up to £5 ($7.80) for a app to support their learning.
- One study noted a 10-fold increase in study minutes on mobile devices from 2011 to 2012.
- More than 70% of mobile students use apps that allow them to study with flashcards and quiz themselves.
Great apps for students
- E-books: Download class novels and textbooks to your phone.
- MyPocketProf: Sync class notes to a phone.
- Wi-Fi Finder: Help students find Internet access.
- Calendar: Google's mobile app will sync to multiple devices.
- Evernote: Sync notes, web clips and more to all of your devices.
- Jot Not Scanner Pro: Capture docs with your phone's camera.
- Even a smartphone's basic apps are used often by students for educational purposes, such as (% of students who used each app for educational purposes): 1) Calculator - 69%; 2) Camera - 42%; 3) Video recorder -
27%; 4) Notepad - 50%; 5) Email - 64%.
How Higher Ed is using the smartphone
- Tour maps: Colleges develop campus maps for college tours and new students.
- Health services: Colleges send health advice and reminder texts to students.
- Build relationships: One college's retention rate increased after it gave its professors smartphones so they could easily stay in contact with their students.
- Real-time feedback: Students respond to teacher-posted topics via social apps.
- Study aid: Colleges are developing their own apps to help students study whenever they have the time.
- Record data: Students can easily capture research data in the field by entering it into an app.
- QR codes: Universities post them around their schools for easy access to campus information.
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