Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute?
Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at
what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing
out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas
has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone
3GS to new students for "mobile learning."
As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the
handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the
features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of
implementation of mobile devices will continue ACU’s efforts to provide
new opportunities for professors and students to interact, explore and
discover in and out of the classroom.
Kevin Roberts, associate vice president for operations at ACU, seemed
pretty proud of the move. To quote: "We are very excited to provide
iPhone and iPod touch devices to our incoming students again this year.
By providing these amazing tools to our students well before they
arrive on campus, students will have more time to become accustomed to
the devices, and learn more about the university and community which
they will soon call home. We will be able to communicate very specific
information as we help them transition to a college environment."
For those familiar with the college, you'll know that this ploy--er,
learning approach--isn't the first of its kind. In fact, ACU handed out
iPhones to freshmen in years past. Of course, there actually is a
significant benefit to enabling kids to learn in the mobile realm. The
business world is quickly morphing into one that's handled on the go,
and being ready for that is key to entering the so-called "real world."
Naturally, we suspect that ACU is also doing this for the publicity,
and we suppose it's working judging by our own interest in the program.
Like we said, if you've yet to decide on a place to study, maybe the
one that gives you a free iPhone 3GS is calling your name.