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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Students' use of technology

An interesting article on how college students use technology (alot but using specific tools for specific tasks; with 98.4 % of surveyed students owning some type of computer...)
Instead, students appear to segment different modes of communication for different purposes. E-mail, Web sites, message boards and Blackboard? Viable ways of connecting with professors and peers. Same for chat, instant messaging, Facebook and text messages? Not necessarily, the authors write, because students may “want to protect these tools’ personal nature.”

...but is it because students do not expect their instructors to be in those social spaces, or do they truly feel that those spaces should belong to them?

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