The 21st Century college kids have discarded the old notebooks and papers for tablets and smartphones, in fact, the smartphone has become a necessary accessory that students own compulsorily. While majorly they use the smartphones for communication, social networking, gaming and web browsing, many also use their smartphones for serious study work, to access university website and class portal for instance. Companies that cater to education technology must seriously consider developing mobile applications for college students and since iOS is a very prominent platform in the USA, occupying the second largest position in the smartphone market, following Android very closely, we enumerate 4 features for iPhone Application Development for College Kids:
#1 Note Taking/Sharing
A note taking feature would be useful for college kids as they can take down notes directly on their smartphones in class. They can share these notes with their classmates and even export the data to online cloud storage portals such as Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox etc. for later access. In fact, the application can feature a secure cloud saving portal with easy data access options.
#2 Utility features
Utility features would include a calculator, dictionary, scheduler, reminder, and other such small things that will make the application a one-stop shop for all the items that are generally sought in emergencies, lost in bag or are easy to misplace or forget at home. Utility features should aid them in their college activities and also outside when they are indulging in other activities other than studies, such as part-time job etc.
An extensive library, or the option to link up to other libraries, such as the University library, Elsevier or any other public libraries that require unique username and password would be an asset on any application. Students can use the permissions granted to them by their colleges to access these library portals through the application. This will help them access data even when they are travelling. Another interesting feature would be if the students could store any of the eBooks or PDF publications in the library for later reference.
# 4 Events
College students have a vibrant social life with most weekends planned for parties, picnics, sports, movies or any other activities with the gang. The events page can display the latest events on the college campus as well as around town such as concerts, exhibitions, movies in theatre, special offers in stores, restaurants or clubs. The events feature can also be used for displaying any personal events the student might want to advertise such as a quiz competition or a music show or a play.
The iPhone application developer can customize the application to suit the specific needs of a particular university or make it for the college students community as a whole.