I've been reading one of the reports from education evolving dot org, which is a joint venture between Hamline University and the Center for Policy Studies. They have reports on several projects, many of which revolve around a theme that strikes a chord with .... "listening to student voices."
One of the reports is titled: Listening to Student Voices -- on Technology. Tech-savvy students stuck in text-dominated schools: A summary of available research on student attitudes, perceptions, and behavior on technology and its current and potential role in K-12 education.
Here are a few of the takeaways from this report:
Finding #1: Computer and Internet Use is Growing. Nothing too surpising here...
- Between the ages of 13 and 17 they are spending more time using digital media than watching television.
- In 2004, 93.4 of college students owned a computer.
- Laptop ownership has now surpassed desktop ownership for entering college freshman.
- For kids in grades 6-12:
- 80% have an email address and 22 percent have four or more email addresses.
- 76% have one Instant Messaging (IM) screen name and 26% have four or more screen names.
- 78% go online regularly and almost 94% of those kids have used the Internet for school or research projects.
- Generally speaking, I think it is safe to say (from the reported research) that students generally consider themselves to be more tech-savvy than their teachers.
- Younger students tend to be more avid and rapid learners and adopters of using technology, and older kids tend to be more sophisticated users or use the technology at a deeper level.
- Students who have Internet access at home believe that they have significant advantages over their peers who have little or no access.
- 71% (ages 12-17) said they used Internet sources most frequently in their last big report for school.
- Only 10% say their first choice would be to visit a library to find a book on a subject.
- 91% in grades 7-12 say that technology helps them complete their school assignments. They also say that using the Internet improves their motivation to learn and improves their academic performance.
- Students say that math teachers are least likely to use the Internet as part of instruction.