2009 Student Technology Survey – Post 7

Question 13 looks at the technology devices that our students have and use. Digital still cameras top the list at over 78% ownership. Yes, most digital cameras also shoot video which means that the need to have a stand-alone digital video cam is decreasing all the time. Only a little over a quarter of the students report having a video camera. The biggest surprise to me is probably the less than a quarter of the students who have a webcam for their computer – either built-in or attached. Apparently the image of all the young people flirting on Stickam is not all that true. Of course, a lot of our students are not young, but still, a webcam is a great communication tool, IMO. (click screenshot to enlarge)

Laptop ownership exceeds desktop computer ownership, with a fair number of students having both. Less than half the students have a Wii, PS3, Xbox or similar gaming console. Makes a person question all the talk about how we need to develop all kinds of educational video games for our students. Cell phone ownership is high as would be expected, although not all students have one. Also, 16% have a cell phone but don’t have the capability of sending (or receiving, most likely) a text message. That also shows that we wouldn’t be ready to go to a service like Poll Everywhere (which I do like) on an exclusive basis, nor can we rely on text messaging as the major (or only) mode of communication in an emergency situation.

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  1. Hi Barry – thanks for your comments and enthusiasm for our service! Do keep in mind that PollEverywhere still supports web responses in addition to text messaging. Less than 0.3% of all cell phones are not capable of sending a text message, so if the students understood the poll and answered correctly, that means that 16.2% of them (cell phone, no text messaging plan) could still participate, but might be charged as high as $0.20 per message on some carriers. Some schools offer a stipend to get students on a text messaging plan, as it’s still much less expensive than clickers.

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