Just what Tech do students have?

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Topics: Education, Technology

I have just conducted a survey of the technology that is owned by our students across the college, as well as how they use tech on a day-to-day basis. The survey was run using  Google Form that was then embedded into FROG, our E-Learning solution. We have just over 1000 students on role across Y7-11 (11-16 yr olds), so to get nearly half the students to complete this off their own back was great – a good representative sample! The results are really interesting:

  • Only 2% of students do no have access to a computer of any kind at home
  • 60% of students have their own device (Sole use), including laptops and desktops
  • 47% have their own (sole use) laptop, 14% have access to a shared laptop
  • 94% have access to Word processing software (E.g. Word)
  • 80% have access to spreadsheeting software (E.g. Excel)
  • 41% have access to high end graphics software (E.g. Photoshop)
  • 40% have access to specialist creative software (Video Editing, Music)
  • 94% have broadband at home
  • Apple iOS devices – 50% of students have an iTouch, 35% have a Nano
  • 40% of students have another type of mp3 player and 15% have another type of mp4 player
  • 73% of students have access to a printer and digital camera at home
  • 67% have access to a webcam
  • 97% own at least one games console
  • 76% of students use Facebook  – worryingly a number of these are below 13 years of age
  • 58% feel safe online all the time, 38% most of the time, 4% do not feel safe online
  • 88% of students know how to report cyber bullying (CEOP etc…)
  • Students are heavily engaged in social networking with 43% using FB everyday, 29% using it a few times a week.
  • 96% of students have mobiles, 39% are smartphones (Android, iOS, Blackberry) and 48% are on contract. 70% of students can connect to the Internet with their phone. 71% take photo’s, 41% record video, 11% create podcasts, 43% use the Internet
  • Immersing themselves with technology is important to our students – 27% spend 16+ hrs a week using technology with 31% spending 9-16hrs.
  • Students overwhelmingly agree with the view that technology plays an important part in modern society
  • 89% of students really enjoy using technology
  • 63% of students agree that technology helps them be a more effective learner

78% of students pick new technology up quickly and independently – not needing much formal training at all – teachers should be really focusing on the outcomes of what is produced and not getting hung up on process all the time. What I have found quite staggering is the proportion of iOS devices owned by students. It is clear that this will really impact upon developmental work next year, with a big focus on podcasts for starters.

The raw results from the survey can be viewed here, with the full report that I have produced here. This includes a very brief analysis and graphs. This will be distributed to all teaching staff next week. After a few comments and emails I have made the original form a template that is available to everyone via GoogleDocs.

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  1. Hi

    Some fascintating insights to your students’ technology habits, and their perceptions. I particularly enjoyed reading the ‘Food for Thought’ section of your report, which raises some very pertinent and interesting questions.

    Would it be possible for you to ‘Share’ access to the Google Forms survey, as I would like to carry out a similar survey in my own school.

    I follow you on Twitter (@daithimurray), but I’m not sure if you follow back.

    Many thanks

    Dáithí Murray

  2. lawrence says:

    What age range did the survey cover?

    Also is it possible, that the other half of students who didn’t respond, would bring the results down quite a bit?

    • DTester says:

      The full report states the age range covered – it was from Y7-Y1 (11-16 year olds). Of course it is possible that the students who did not respond can affect the overall results. However a 50% sample of the population is a good/representative statistical sample. There was little differential in terms of gender bias/bias within different year groups. Access to ICT was not a contributory factor as students could access the survey whilst in school. An interesting read nonetheless.

  3. Fascinating, although not surprising results… we know schools are beginning to understand the benefits of harnessing the power of the devices in students’ pockets; as budget constraints kick in it makes perfect sense to invest in a way that will deliver content to these devices, allowing 24/7 mobile access/exposure to learning

    • DTester says:

      What we have found interesting Peter is how we have consolidated an apporach to support and guide parents with the purchases of these types of mobile technologies. Many students have an iTouch on their Christmas wishlist so we turned this around to advantage and I ran an article in the newsletter that explained to parents the educational value of an itouch and how it could be used, both in and outside of school to support learning. Many parents bought into this as a result which is why we probably have a disproportionate number of students who own an itouch.

    • DTester says:

      I couldn’t agree more Peter, with the price of technology continuing to fall proportionally to disposable income we are seeing more and more students with their own devices. More work needs to be done with schools to challenge the way they engage with technology to ensure that all methods of accessing technology are brought together in a blended way to have a positive impact on learning outcomes. We’ve just completed a similar survey for 2012 so I’ll be blogging the results on this shortly.

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