Are your students satisfied with the EdTech being used in your classroom? Cengage Learning recently surveyed college students to see if they would enjoy using their mobile devices more as learning tools and what types of tools and apps would work best. Thousands of students responded; we’ve shared the findings below. Find out what technology college students ask their instructors for most frequently.

We asked students “What kinds of tools or apps would work for learning on mobile (phone, tablet, laptop) in your class?” Students had a lot of great ideas! We’ve outlined a few of the most frequent responses below.

Mobile apps and tools college students want for class

Poll app

Hand raising and manual counting is rarely time efficient and “Clickers” are a challenge to manage and keep track of. Using a device that students carry with them all the time, in any case, is much more practical and fun for them. There are a number of poll apps that you and your students can use to weigh in on topics, review for exam time, or run quick daily polls. You can even ask questions that students may want to remain anonymous about, such as “Who is struggling with this topic, vs. who would like to move on?”

Flash cards

According to our recent survey, 50% of students who own a smartphone use them to study. In response to another question, students revealed that they use their phone or tablet to study 15% of the time and their computer to study 49% of the time.

The tricky part of digital study materials such as flash cards is finding quality content. This fall, Cengage Learning announced its partnership with, an online marketplace that enables students to buy and sell their course-specific study materials — notes, flash cards, video tutorials, and live video help. Learn how peer-to-peer flash cards can help improve student outcomes at our blog post, “Improving Academic Outcomes: Let’s Bring Students Into the Equation.”

Time-management tools

One age-old barrier to student success is a simple lack of time management. You can make this easier for your students by recommending some helpful time-management tools and apps for them to use. For example, the MyLifeOrganized (MLO) app allows students to create and manage tasks, compile and prioritize to-do lists, organize their goals, and set location-based reminders.

Smartphones in the Classroom»Be sure to preview the complete Smartphones: Classroom Distractions or Learning Tool? infographic.

For more insight on smartphone use in the classroom, visit our post, “Smartphones in Class: Learning Tool or Distraction?

What types are mobile apps and tools have worked in your classroom? Are there any your students have suggested that you’re hesitant to try? Let us know in the comments below.