We live in an age where technology is so pervasive that it’s hard to imagine life without it. The advent of smartphones and the millions of software applications that come with them has transformed everyday life.
From grocery shopping to tracking bus routes, there’s an app for every aspect of life. Here is a list of must-have apps that every IU student should download:
This app acts as a hub or gateway to several useful apps including Canvas, Student Center, Bursar Bill, Zoom, Employee Center, and UI Print. Through Canvas, students can access schedules, modules, assignments, lesson slides, grades, and calendars for each of their courses. Another useful app is Student Center, which allows students to enroll in different courses and get more information about their academic progress. The Bursar Bill app acts as a portal to pay tuition fees and get refunds.
Being a new student, getting around Bloomington can be tricky. Through an app called DoubleMap, students can follow different buses in real time. This app is popular among students due to its intuitive design. It color codes different bus numbers and their respective routes.
These are useful apps when researching transportation options, as traveling by bus may not be a convenient method all the time, especially late at night. Since campus buses don’t operate after 10:30 p.m. and some routes don’t operate at all on weekends, Lyft and Uber offer an easy and safe alternative. Users can enter their current location and destination into the app and wait for their driver to arrive. However, beware of costs as rides become more expensive during peak demand times. The app’s “rewards points” programs, which can act as a payment option for future rides, are one way to combat excessive costs.
Given its popularity and ease of use, this application is installed by default on most modern smartphones. From locating the nearest restaurant to finding the nearest bus stop, there are many uses for this app. It can help users determine the most direct route to a particular location, whether on foot, by car, or by public transport. Additional features, such as the inclusion of augmented reality, exclusive to Google Pixel smartphones, are just the icing on the cake.
Grocery shopping can sometimes be a chore, especially given the busy schedule of an IU student. Many students do not bring a car to campus and it can be difficult to transport groceries on a bus. Instacart offers a solution to these problems. It works like a virtual store where the user can select a store, choose the items they want and have these items delivered.
For sports fans, IU Hoosiers is an absolute must. This feature-rich app offers live scores, stats and play-by-play updates of UI sports events. Users can also customize their notifications to receive alerts on their favorite teams. Additionally, the app supports social feeds, which means users can view and post to organized Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds from the Hoosiers UI app.