Four university projects in mobile education

From recording lectures as podcasts to text messaging the entire class about schedule changes—wireless and mobile technologies are playing larger roles in classrooms these days.

From recording lectures as podcasts to text messaging the entire class about schedule changes—wireless and mobile technologies are playing larger roles in classrooms these days. In an attempt to keep up with cutting edge-technologies, schools end up investing mega-dollars, says Campus Technology. But four small-scale pilot projects are under way that test the current applications of mobile wireless devices like smart phones, PDAs, and ipods. here's a brief run-down:

  • Baruch College, a senior college of The City University, uses cell phones as academic tools to deliver information to students and enhance sense of community Applications work with virtually any cell phone.
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, offers recorded lectures as podcasts to enhance mobile access to content
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC., distribute smart phones(combined cell phones/PDAs) to 120 students; study how they’re used.
  • Duke University, Durham, NC, Makes select radio news content available for download and search using any MP3-capable device, including iPods, PDAs, and computers.

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