Sunday, June 24, 2012

College Students And Tech

College Technology image from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blog
It's a given that college students today are technically proficient, but a study by Presta discovered just how much so. For instance:
  • 98% of students that own an ereader use it for reading textbooks
  • 91% use email to communicate with professors
  • 73% of students say they can't study without technology
  • 70% use an electronic device to take notes in class
  • 65% use a digital device to create a presentation
  • 38% of students can't go 10 minutes without checking their email, tablet, laptop, or smartphone.
  • Community college students are less reliant on digital tools than 4 year college students and graduate students
  • 12 million college students currently take one or more classes online. The figure is expected to exceed 22 million in 5 years.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students have the fastest Internet connections among age groups
  • College students tune down the tech when studying for final exams in the library
  • The most widely used programs by college students are Skype, Evernote Peek, Grades 2, Snoozerr Recordings, Wunderlist and Around Me.
It's interesting that despite all that technical expertise, college students don't seem to be social media experts, at least in my experience during college lectures that I give. Few of them have tried Google+, Spotify and even Twitter. Most of their music discovery comes from YouTube and Pandora. Perhaps we'll see that change soon and I'll report back after my college speaking tour in the fall.
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