How Smartphone Apps Are Ruling the Modern Academics

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Smartphones are currently ruling the world. When you step out of the house, it is hard to pass a single person without a smartphone. As a result, apps are gaining popularity as well. Every day, there are new apps introduced in the market. You have apps for everything, from social networking and cooking to providing news and dictionary.

Apps have touched every sector and academics are no exception. Now, there are myriad education apps available in the market compatible with multiple platforms.

Increasing university and mobile education apps:

Universities and colleges have finally started getting used to the latest technology and implementing them in their education curriculum. It has developed to a stage where colleges and universities have started releasing their own customized apps which can be downloaded not only by the students of the particular university, but also by prospective students who wish to join the place. Colleges use these apps to inform students about class organization, suture assignments, and exam time tables. As time passes by, education institutes are slowly but surely starting to realize how smartphone apps can be fruitful teaching solutions .

On-the-go learning:

With the introduction of education apps, colleges have started promoting the concept of on-the-go or nomadic learning . The advantage of learning from anywhere is that students are not restricted to a classroom and can learn from anywhere. Students can get involved in other activities and at the same time consume information and learn while on the go which is otherwise not possible. A mobile application offers more than streamline education which is being embrace by many education institutes.

Enables augmented reality learning:

Smartphones make it easier for students to learn from anywhere. However, with augmented reality learning they can learn from anywhere and at anytime! With augmented reality technology on GPS-enabled mobile devices, student can check information from anywhere be it the library or the playground.

 Education and mobile apps:

When it comes to classroom education, mobile apps have still a long way to go. However, there are apps that enable students to explore constellations which help interact better in classrooms. Though there are apps that tend to close-off students from the classroom, there are a few apps that prompt integrative learning. If teachers are worried about students misusing apps in classrooms, they can always approach app makers through EdApp Certification from LanSchool Technologies. This enables them to control the app the students are using while in class.

Social media into education:

When there is a large room filled with students, it is hard for every student to concentrate and put-forth their questions or doubts. Social media websites come into use during such scenarios. However using social networking websites like Twitter, students can tweet their responses, questions and opinions through their laptops and cell phones. Professors can respond to the real-time feed and the entire classroom gets to view the professor’s responses to every tweet.

Library books on apps:

Earlier of students have to write assignments or do a research on particular topics, their only source used to be the college library. Thanks to Internet, accessing information is easier and anyone can research information by logging into a computer with an internet connection. Students can now download the complete academic content in the form of eBooks by downloading the compatible apps using smartphones. Though internet enables students to access any information, mobile apps allow them to access resources available in their library.

E-payments through smartphones:

A university has thousands of students who have breaks at the same time. Usually, the college cafeteria is overcrowded with people and at times there are many who get to the counter only at the last minute of their break time and have to run for their post-break classes immediately. Such rush could be avoided by ordering food in advance and make payments through secure transactions. Universities are employing payment apps where their students can buy anything within the campus and make online payments.

Quizzes on smartphones:

Usually student response systems for a class costs more than $1000. However, by using existing student phones and downloading the required apps, teachers can complete their questionnaires and quizzes for less than $50 a year. Teachers can use various educational SMS programs available in the digital market to conduct quizzes in class. They can even use it to provide home works and tests.

The digital era is catching up with the education system as well. This is just the beginning. With more than 98% of the college crowd using smartphones, education institutions have started capitalized on this opportunity. In future, the concept of college education will be revolutionized with smartphones slowly starting to rule academics.

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