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iPhone Used to Facilitate Learning – Really?

December 12, 2009

Yep, got an app for that!

Abilene Christian University – a school that many North Texas students attend – is meeting students where they are: cell phone-, Internet-, and app-savvy.

According to an article on, 1000 freshman students at ACU were given an iPhone or iPod Touch to use in class, and their course curricula was integrated with technology to better engage them. This seems to have helped with the problem of knowing which information and what sources on the web are valuable for students who no longer appear to be taking notes in class, the majority. Polling applications are used in large classes to field questions; assess understanding; etc.

Included is an app for ACU campus communication (probably a great thing in an emergency) that provides campus maps, news, resources, and even a student’s current meal account balance.

Read the article and come back here to discuss the implications for Coppell ISD as it prepares students for college and races ahead of the curve in standards of educational excellence.

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