As a group, students are one of technologies greatest fans. Simply put - they love technology. This sentiment can be seen expressed in both their personal and working lives; whether it is the latest software update, the newest mobile phone or the next breaking edge gadget, you can bet students will be some of the first adapters.
In the face of this popularity, it is unsurprising that Universities have, in recent years, become increasingly tech savvy. This is expressed at every level, from the focus of the courses provided at these institutions, through to creating breaking edge apps to assist their students in their day to day lives whilst studying.
Collected beneath is a look at some of the most tech savvy Universities in America:
Ohio State University, Columbus:
This institution have created a number of phone apps that can be purchased from the Apple Store. One of these was launched by the University’s Athletics Department. The app enables students to harness the power provided by smart phones for the benefit of their performance. This is because the app enables for individual team members to keep tabs on team schedules, scores and statistics.
As one of the world’s leading education institutions it comes as no surprise that Stanford University has not only been quick but also adept at adopting technology for the benefit of their students. One way in which the adoption of technology has benefited not only the institution but also its students is “iStanford”. This is an application created by the company “TerriblyClever”, comprised of the University’s students. The app, which was free for all Apple users, provides a college map, course catalogue and information about the campus athletic agendas and schedules. The success of the app was such that it was sold to the company Blackboard, who specialise in education management software, for $4 million.
University of Maryland, College Park:
The tech savviness of this institution takes a different route. The University have been quick to realise the employability provided by mobile applications, and that many students will want to take advantage of this. The result of this realisation is the University’s introduction of a three-credit course on iPhone programming as part of their computer science department. The course is run by a former iPhone developer and offers students access to real-world programming experience working directly with mobile technology. The results of the course have been shown by the interest of both national and multinational companies hiring students based on their attendance on the course.