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WebTools For Teachers 10/22/2008

October 22, 2008
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    “Following are some of the important findings of The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008.
    Ownership of Technology
    More than 80% of student respondents own laptops, 53.8% own desktops, and one-third of them own both a laptop and a desktop. The longitudinal data for those institutions that have participated in ECAR studies for the past three years show that laptop ownership has increased from 65.9% in 2006 to 82.2% in 2008. In fact, freshmen respondents are entering college with new laptops in hand—this year 71.1% have a laptop less than one year old. And most respondents (68.9%) own a computer of some type that is two years old or less, well within recommended equipment replacement cycles …
    Ownership of Internet-capable cell phones is also on the rise, now owned by 66.1% of respondents. Most respondents, however, do not yet take advantage of the Internet capability, citing high cost,
    slow response, and difficulty of use as primary reasons. Despite these barriers to use, almost one-fourth of respondents do access the Internet from a cell phone or PDA at least monthly, and 17.5%
    do so weekly or more often. Among respondents who say they are early adopters of technology, 25.9% already access the Internet from handheld devices weekly or more often.”

    tags: education, technology, educause, edtech

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