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Why We Should Build Classes Around Mobile Tech -- Campus Technology
A University of Maryland Communications professor sees mobile technology as key to engagement, learning and student success.
Using an app he created, in classes he has configured around mobile technology, Ronald Yaros is preparing his students for a future that will revove around their technological skills. "Today's students are tommorrow's information producers and consumers," said Yaros, who is an associate professor at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of journalism.
Smartphones Find Use as Campus Safety Tool -- Campus Technology
Although 98 percent of students say they feel somewhat or very safe on campus during the day and 81 percent report they feel the same at night, six in 10 students say they would use an app for personal safety. Just a tiny number of them currently use a safety app - about 2.5 percent. The count varies considerably depending on whether the respondent is male or female. Among women, 66 percent say they'd try an app for personal safety; among men, it's only 44 percent. Eleven times more women than men report already using such an app.
Those numbers come out of a survey sponsored by Bandwidth, which sells IP network services, and BlueLight, which has Google Android and Apple iOS apps that can be used to connect users to public safety. When somebody presses the "request help" button on the BlueLight app, the subscription service identifies the caller's location and routes the call to the nearest emergency responder, which may be campus police or the community 911 dispatch.