iPhone Apps and Android Apps Play an Increasing Role in Education

With impacts on virtually My Pro Blog in every aspect of daily life, mobile technologies can greatly enhance learning experiences. Internet-connected mobile devices with embedded sensors, cameras, and GPS are bringing unprecedented possibilities to education. Statistics from the mobile app marketplace reflect an expanding world of resources that fits into the palm of a hand. Thus, in March 2012, Apple announced over 25 billion downloaded apps from its App Store by the users of the more than 315 million iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices worldwide.

The App Store offers more than 550,000 apps to users in 123 countries worldwide, with more than 170,000 native iPad apps available. Customers can choose apps from various categories, including business, education, games, news, sports, health & fitness, travel, and more. Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) has also hit a major milestone in app downloads from its site. It has sold 15 billion apps.

According to Juniper Research, consumer app downloads to mobile devices are expected to reach more than 66 billion per annum by 2016. This number scratches the surface of the anticipated growth of mobile applications. The increasing availability of network access, growing capabilities of mobile devices, advances in the electronic data flow, the convergence of search technology, and location awareness make mobile applications a powerful tool in the learning process. Education institutions see mobile apps not just as an affordable solution for learning but also as a feature-rich tool for lab work, often replacing expensive and cumbersome devices and equipment. The leading universities, including Stanford, Yale, Oxford, UC Berkeley, and others, have already deployed their apps.



To name a few selections, mobile apps can embrace the following features:

Campus directory, maps, and virtual tours;
Transportation information;
Course lists;
Digital distribution of course materials;
Dining locations, hours of service, and menus;
Sports schedules;
Updates on interesting events and breaking campus news;
Possibility to check grades;
Access to library resources and digital textbooks.

The abundance of resources and relationships easily accessible via the Internet increasingly challenges the educational environment. Students expect to be able to learn and study whenever and wherever they want to. More and more institutions worldwide have begun to understand the potential of mobile access, and they are investing in software that extends learning outside of the classroom.

Industries and Technology Areas:

Industries: education, E-learning

Technology Areas: mobile application development, software development, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone

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