Poly on track to become a fully mobile technology-enabled campus by 2014
Singapore, 30 November 2011: The sight and sound of music improvised from configured iPads and iPhones will be common if music and audio technology students at Singapore Polytechnic (SP) have their way.
At SP’s inaugural Mob Fest (Mobile Festival) today, the students who are members of the Sonic Escapade band, performed improvisation pieces on their mobile devices, sans accompanying musical instruments. The mobile devices were configured with apps specially designed for the diploma course by their lecturer, Michael Spicer, who intends to eventually make these apps accessible on the Apple iTunes Store.
SP Principal Tan Hang Cheong gave away prizes at Mob Fest to reward staff and students for their creativity and innovation. Some 143 students and 60 SP staff competed in the five-month long competition to create 41 eBooks and 26 new mobile apps, adding to SP’s existing 24 mobile apps now on the Apple iTunes Store.
Some of the apps and e-books highlighted at Mob Fest include:
- El Green: An app that allows users to control household appliances remotely. Features such as “Schedule & Control” allow users to limit wastage and shrink their utility bills.
- Book: An app that allows students to sell their used textbooks, helping freshmen save money and time by allowing them to conveniently purchase second hand textbooks from graduating students.
- Quickpad: A note-taking app that allows users to take notes in a variety of forms ranging from text, scribbles, images to sound with the ability to customize each font and scribble.
Mr Tan Hang Cheong reiterated, “The emergence of mobile technology and devices have made it possible for us to be informed, entertained and interact anytime, anywhere. We are creating a culture and environment that inspires our staff and students to test their ideas and that allows them to develop an aptitude for creativity, for thinking differently and for daring to experiment with those ideas.”
Mob Fest serves as a platform that gives staff and students opportunities to build up their competency in the creation and use of mobile technology, starting them on a firm foothold in the mobile technology dimension.
“The total shipments of smartphones and tablets have overtaken that of desktop PCs and notebooks. Mob Fest 2011 is a celebration of the achievements of SP’s mobile initiatives. We hope to create an environment that prepares our students with the skills necessary to thrive in a world dominated by mobile technology,” added Mr Chang Boon Hai, Director of the Department of Computer & Information Systems.
Apart from creating the environment, SP is enhancing and upgrading its infrastructure, computer systems and wireless networks. By 2014 - when the polytechnic turns 60 – lessons would be conducted, enterprise systems would be accessed, and transactions would be made – all through mobile devices.
Six out of 10 schools at the polytechnic have now provided iPads to their lecturers and students to experiment with mobile teaching and learning. The polytechnic’s administrative departments have started using iPads to improve processes and efficiency. In addition, staff can apply for a mobile device grant and attend iPad and e-book training sessions.
“By 2014, we hope that mobile learning and working on campus will be a way of life in SP, with staff and students using their mobile devices to learn, teach, make payment, mark attendance, access labs and classrooms,” added Mr Tan Hang Cheong.
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