The Infographic speaks for itself really, 3 out of 4 college students say they can't study without the use of technology, 98% have digital devices and when they were asked not to use them for 24 hours they experienced withdrawal symptoms. They use multiple technologies to communicate with their peers and instructors, up to 91% of college students contact their professors through email. And many believe that the tablet will replace text books and traditional laptops in the next years. More than 60% of college students see electronic devices as essential tools for learning including taking notes, researching, writing papers, and presenting.
This got me to thinking....if furthering education past high school is what schools are preparing kids for today are they ready? Will students know how to really USE technology to it's fullest potential or are they just being allowed to use technology in ways that their teachers, mostly Digital Immigrants (those born before the technology was invented) are comfortable with?
What do you think? How are you using or seeing other educators use digital devices (beyond a traditional computer) with students? In what ways are teachers supporting students in using technology they already have, know how to and enjoy using? How might the activities and units that you plan for your students engage them in using technology to learn? How can you meet students in their world? What might be the most positive outcome in giving it a try?
McHugh, Molly. "Students Love Technology: Infographic." Digital Trends. 09 08 2011: n. page. Web. 27 Dec. 2011. <http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/students-love-technology-infographic/>.