Apparently the answer is yes, according to some in higher education. They point to the use of a variety of Google Apps and other software such as Dictionary, Wikipanion, Google Translate and Twitter. Most of this list seems appropriate so long as it is used in the right way.
Apps have been around for a long time now, and a growing number are not just games. For instance, Google’s Sky Map is a great piece of software enabling would-be Astronomers to be able to learn much more about the universe. All they have to do is point their mobile device towards the stars.
There are other applications that help organise you. One Biology student who regularly uses mobile apps told reflector-online.com “I have a schedule on my phone and schedule events and assignments, [while] Evernote records my notes and (tries) to type them out for me.”
I must admit when I was at university I often wished I could have a device that could record what the lecturer said and convert it into notes. All that was available was a tape recorder.
However, even lecturers are making use of applications. An English lecturer said that she makes use of dedicated professional mobile applications such as Gradebook Pro, an organiser specifically created for teachers.
So, all in all, if used correctly, but are not depended on at the expense of other things, I think mobile apps are useful.