What does ed-tech look like in the college classroom?

New aggregated data shows that not all technology is accepted, and not all students use tech the same

edtech-technology-studentsTraditional colleges and universities are currently racing to update technology infrastructure to accommodate mobile and online technologies deemed critical for today’s students. But what is the rate of use for each technology? Are faculty eagerly incorporating mobile technology? Do students still value emails?

According to new aggregated data on the habits of education technology use in higher education, there are some ed-tech practices students prefer over others, while faculty still haven’t warmed to the idea of social media platforms during courses.

The data, which comes from sources like the Pew Research Center, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other studies, reveals not only how students and faculty use technology, but some of the biggest problems associated with technology use in the classroom.

Data from the newly created infographic shows that:

  • Though 81 percent of students use laptops for sending email in class, students don’t spend as much time on school-based email (only 6 minutes per day), and often complain about professors sending emails.
  • When polled, faculty do not want to ‘friend’ student on Facebook, and students don’t want to ‘friend’ their professors, yet both do so in abundance.
  • Some of the most innovative technologies currently used in higher-ed classrooms today include: Virtual worlds, video games as instructional tools, online simulations, blogging and forums, online learning centers and the trusty keypad!
  • According to faculty, the number one negative effect of technology in the classroom is distraction, followed by cheating and lower grades; many professors are adding detailed social media and technology use policies in their syllabi.
  • 75 percent of students acknowledge that bringing their laptops into the classroom increased the amount of time they spent on activities unrelated to learning, like checking email and social networking.
  • 59 percent of students who use social networking talk about educational topics online.

(Next page: The full data and infographic)

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