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Higher Education Students Take Advantage of Smartphone Apps



By Catherine Groux
Posted October 07, 2011 11:01 AM

College students use smartphones for a variety of purposes inside and outside of academia.
College students use smartphones for a variety of purposes inside and outside of academia.
According to a 2010 survey by Ball State University, approximately 99.8% of college students own a cellphone. Of the communication that is carried out on these devices, about 49% is done from smartphones, which marked an increase of 22 percentage points from the previous year.

As the number of students who use smartphones on a daily basis rapidly increases, many colleges and universities are searching for ways to integrate the devices into their curricula. For example, The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that Texas' Abilene Christian University began giving students and professors iPhones and other electronics in 2008.

Today, the smartphones are used for a variety of academic purposes at the university. However, one of the most popular applications (or "apps") students use allows them to turn their phones into "clickers." By doing so, degree seekers can respond to discussion questions during class, the Chronicle reports.

Many college students across the nation will find smartphone apps that serve a variety of other purposes on campus, such as providing access to university bus schedules or maps for college tours.

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