Whether students send a text is sent to let someone know they’ll be late for dinner, or play Angry Birds out of sheer boredom, many students at UVU admit to being distracted by technology in class.
When it comes to which app is most common in class, each student has a favorite. The following are some of their answers:
“Game boy app”
“I don’t really have one favorite, it changes every day”
“I don’t have a smart phone”
“I use Evernote a lot, and the canvas app, and I use calendar. Also I like LinkedIn and Twitter”
“I use the CNN app for Ethics and Values class”
Ewing and Wilkinson are taking the 3170 Entrepreneurship class, where they are involved in the planning stages of making an app for UVU. They are organizing an app to replace student ID cards and spent some of last week collecting donations from students.
“Our goal is to get our idea off the ground. Talking to people we have almost 100 percent approval rate,” Ewing said. “The main problem students have is that 43 percent don’t have smart phones.”
Although not every student has a smart phone, there are many advantages to the app idea, including financial ones. It costs $65,000 to support just the cost of computer space and logistics, with an additional $8,000 for the physical cards.
“There is also a $15 cost every time you lose your card,” Ewing said.
With the many benefits and options available, it’s easy to see why students are excited about the idea.
“We want it to eventually include bus passes, and possibly starving student cards.”
By Tiffany Thatcher
Asst. News Editor