Thursday, February 28, 2008

Diggity


If I didn't already have a degree and most of a masters, I might consider a trip to Abilene. You see, ACU is going to "give" all the incoming freshmen their very own iPhone to enable them to be more productive in their studies. Whatever.

10 comments:

Tim Lewis said...

It seems like they did it to say "we were the first to do this!"

Tammie's Thoughts said...

They got tooo much money on thier hands!

Jason Campbell said...

I went to ACU's iTunes page and looked at all the stuff they purportedly had up there as part of their educational advancement stuff. I liked the fact that they put a bunch of the content from the last ACU lectureship up there for free--but most of the stuff up there are student "essays" in the form of podcasts. I'm sure the faculty there isn't dumb enough to replace real essays with podcast history assignments, but when I see stuff like this I begin to wonder. How exactly does an iPhone help you connect better with your university? Seems like most kids already have cell phones and know how to text very well thankyouverymuch. They don't need to *assign* text messages for homework.

Like Tim said, they want to seem progressive, just like all those schools who had millions poured in to this technology programs, only to pull the plug a few years later because all the kids ever did was surf porn. I suppose that's some kind of education...

The funniest thing about this is the fact that I am writing this comment using my iPhone. Go figure.

breanna said...

sick. and by sick i mean i'm jealous. what did we get at the cade? not even a free tshirt. hmph

James Wood said...

You didn't get a free t-shirt?

I think I would try to decline if I were offered this "deal" - I wonder what the actual costs are when they are separated out from the tuition.

Jake Shore said...

Am I supposed to believe this will have no effect on the cost of tuition?

If I was a professor at ACU, I would refuse to use them and go back to handing out 10 worksheets a day, and give lectures using a chalkboard and a slide projector.

Olivia said...

I agree with Jake!

Go sit in class. Listen to the professor and write or type your assignments (on a typewriter or computer!)

College is supposed to extremely social in nature, so maybe they should encourage their students to actually talk to each other and faculty/staff rather than on the phone or sending text messages.

Personally, I think it's a waste of (a lot) of money. Money that could be put to good use elsewhere.

Tim Lewis said...

Seriously, I have like 700 tshirts from Cascade. That's what our money went toward...tshirts.

Big Mike Lewis said...

It's trendy. OC does the "free" laptops. Someone will be doing something else "free" in a few years just to up their enrollment.

Big Mike Lewis said...

You know how they could help students? Give them free textbooks.