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Popular web-based mobile apps such as Facebook and Twitter offer desirable services that support real-time updates, social interaction, and instant messaging at the convenience of a mobile device. Over time, these apps gain a title that is not only prominent as a useful networking system, but also as an opportunity for professional development.
In the context of higher education, a 2016 Nielsen study indicated that “98 percent of people ages 18-24 have a mobile phone. Some universities, like Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, are giving all their freshman students iPads in order to have more mobile functionality” (Polito). Educators can encourage more professional development by having students engage with mobile services that support networking, collaboration and project management. For these reasons, here are the top five mobile apps suggested by EdTech:
1. Slack: Streamlines Group Communication
Slack is an interactive web-based mobile app that lets students communicate with their teammates and professors. Slack simplifies group communication by offering a work space where team conversations are organized and accessible.
2. Remind: Revamps the Daily Planner
With an approach that aims to optimize time and stress management, Remind is an great app for students and professors to set up text reminders for important deadlines.
3. Google Drive: Boosts Real-Time Collaboration
Google Drive offers cloud storage for individual and team projects. With easy access to Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets, this mobile application allows multiple contributors to edit the same file in real-time.
4. Gmail: Helping Teachers and Students Work on the Go
Most students know what it feels like to take the time to craft a perfectly worded email only to have the professor respond with a curt “Sure” and a “Sent from my iPhone” signature. As a mobile application, Gmail enables the ability to send and receive email via smartphone, which allows quick and convenient communication with professors, advisors and more.
5. Google Chrome: Broadens Access to Academic Sources
This web browser gives students the ability to access academic resources that may not have a mobile application. For example, Desire2Learn is a web-based learning management system that lets students and professors interact; thanks to Google Chrome, students have the ability to submit work through their smartphone (Polito).
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