- 1.2012 by EliNext GroupiPhone Apps & Android Apps Play anIncreasing Role in EducationDigital literacy is gaining on importance as a key skill inevery discipline and profession. Smartphones like the iPhoneand Android devices have become a hotbed of innovations.With impacts on virtually every aspect of the daily life,mobile technologies can greatly enhance learningexperiences. Internet-connected mobile devices withimbedded sensors, cameras, and GPS are bringingunprecedented possibilities in education.
2. 2012 by EliNext GroupStatistics from the mobile app marketplace reflects an expandingworld of resources that fits into the palm of a hand. Thus, in March2012 Apple announced about more than 25 billion downloaded appsfrom its App Store by the users of the more than 315 million iPhone,iPad and iPod touch devices worldwide. The App Store offers morethan 550,000 apps to users in 123 countries around the world, withmore than 170,000 native iPad apps available. Customers can chooseapps from a wide range of categories, including business, education,games, news, sports, health & fitness, travel and more.Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) has also hit a majormilestone in app downloads from its site. It has sold 15 billion apps.According to Juniper Research, consumer app downloads to mobiledevices are expected to reach more than 66 billion per annum by2016. This number scratches the surface of the anticipated growth ofmobile applications.The increasing availability of network access, growing capabilities ofmobile devices, advances in electronic data flow together with theconvergence of search technology and location awareness make 3. 2012 by EliNext Groupmobile applications a powerful tool in the learning process.Education institutions are seeing mobile apps not just as an affordablesolution for learning, but also as a feature-rich tool for lab work, oftenreplacing expensive and cumbersome devices and equipment. Theleading universities, including Stanford, Yale, Oxford and UCBerkeley, as well as colleges have already deployed their own apps.To name a few selections, mobile apps can embrace the followingfeatures: 4. 2012 by EliNext Group Campus directory, maps and virtual tours; Transportation information; Course lists; Digital distribution of course materials; Dining locations, hours of service and menus; Sports schedules; Updates on interesting events and breaking campus news; Possibility to check grades; Access to library resources and digital textbooks. 5. 2012 by EliNext GroupThe abundance of resources and relationships easily accessible via theInternet is increasingly challenging the educational environment.Students expect to be able to learn and study whenever and whereverthey want to. More and more institutions around the world begin tounderstand the potential of mobile access, and they are investing insoftware that extends learning outside of the classroom.Industries and Technology Areas:Industries: education, E-learningTechnology Areas: mobile application development, softwaredevelopment, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry,Windows Phone 6. 2012 by EliNext GroupELINEXT GROUPWebsite: http://www.elinext.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBlog: http://software-topics.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/elinextTwitter: https://twitter.com/elinextDelicious: http://delicious.com/elinextgroupIreland officeMarina House, Adelphi QuayWaterford, Republic of IrelandPhone: +353 (51) 347 477Belarus Development Center155b Bogdanovich St.220040 Minsk, BelarusPhone: +375 (17) 237 53 65Vietnam Development Center37A Phan Xich Long St.Ward 3, Phu Nhuan DistrictHo Chi Minh City, VietnamPhone: +84 (8) 3995 6849Suggested citation: EliNext Group.2012.iPhone Apps & Android Apps Play an Increasing Role inEducation