Abilene Christian University in Texas is the first university in the U.S. to provide incoming freshmen with either an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Their reason: to allow students to “receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their professors’ offices, and check their meal and account balances.” The forward-thinking school aims to not only give out devices, but also intends on developing new web based software to further aid academic learning. Abilene Christian University’s high tech approach to learning is captured in the school-made video called “Connected,” which you can watch here.
I wish my college gave out free tech gadgets for enduring the 4-years of pain. I’m sure ACU will be getting a flood of new applicants this upcoming Fall term.