Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Uni to give new students free iPhone or iPod

A university in Texas will be providing all of its first year students one of Apple's new iPhone mobiles or the wireless-enabled iPod touch.

Phil Schubert, the executive vice president of the Abilene Christian University (ACU), said in a statement that the devices will be used to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their professors' offices and check their meal and account balances.

The university's IT department has developed "more than 15 other useful web applications" for use on the gadgets.

"We are not merely providing cutting-edge technology tools to our incoming students," said Roberts. "We are also providing the web applications that ensure these tools will become critical to the students' learning experience.

Because 93 percent of ACU students bring their own computers with them to college, we are choosing to take them to the next level by providing converged mobile devices."

The university is home to 4700 students. The new iPhone/iPod program will begin at the start of the new academic year.

[Source: http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/uni-to-give-new-students-free-iphone-or-ipod/2008/02/27/1203788419734.html]

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