Abilene Christian University (ACU) will be the first school in the country to give out an iPhone (or Ipod touch) to every incoming freshmen starting this fall.
“Freshmen will use an iPhone or iPod touch to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their professors’ offices, and check their meal and account balances.”
You can see what the interface will look like at acu.mobi. Looks like they are also moving to Google for their services like email, calendars, and such. I guess it’s pretty forward thinking for a university but I’d like to see what the costs are involved in such a big project. Who flips the bill for the AT&T contract? Repairs to the broken phones? (these are 18 year olds, you know?)
Sure beats the free pencil and used mattress my alma mater surprised me with on day one. Go Chaps!