For years I was confident that sex, drugs, rock and roll, and athletics would always account for more discretionary time among traditional-aged undergraduates than any activities involving computers and telecommunications. Maybe I was wrong. See below for excerpts from “iPods knock over beer mugs” which imply that we should find ways of using new portable devices and online services to improve teaching and learning.
I’ve also been hearing lately about many respected faculty members and other academic leaders who completely reject blogging, wikis, FaceBook - the new Web-based social networking and collaborative work tools - as utterly lacking intellectual content or educational potential. An unnecessary conflict is growing as more students bring portable devices with Web-browsing capabilities and many other functions into the classroom (and everywhere else they go). Since no one can prevent learners from using these new devices and online services, it might be better to invent more ways to use them within courses – even if not in classrooms.
“iPods knock over beer mugs” By Mike Snider, USA TODAY, in print p. 9D, 6/8/2006;
[Online Updated 6/7/2006 11:20 PM ET]
Excerpts from article responding to Student Monitor's proprietary “Lifestyle & Media Study”:
[NOTE: Student Monitor is a research firm that does proprietary college student market research.
“Among the findings:
•iPods were the No. 1 "in" thing on campuses; 73% of students mentioned it….
•Drinking beer tied with the college networking site Facebook.com (71%).
[NOTE THAT FaceBook WAS NOT EVEN LISTED AS AN OPTION IN THE 2005 SURVEY!]
•Nos. 4 to 10 were drinking other alcohol (67%), text messaging (66%), downloading music (66%), going to clubs (65%), instant messaging (63%), working out (62%) and coffee (60%).”
For full text of Snider’s article, see: