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After creating the Cook Hall Student Poll, I wondered about the use of laptops by our students. Quite often, throughout my travels around campus I have noticed an increasing number of students studying, accessing Blackboard, looking up friends on Facebook, etc. on their own laptops.
I’ve also heard faculty talking about students that have been taking their laptops with them to classes.
I wondered. How many students actually have a laptop. So I set up the following poll on our Blackboard Community System Portal. Here are the results:
Question: Do you have a laptop? Do you use it in the classroom?
- No, I don’t have a laptop = 466 / 38.17%
- Yes, I have a PC laptop but do not use it in the classroom = 386 / 31.61%
- Yes, I have a PC laptop and use it in the classroom = 244 / 19.98%
- Yes, I have an Apple laptop and use it in the classroom = 63 / 5.16%
- Yes, I have an Apple laptop but I do not use it in the classroom = 62 / 5.08%
While not scientific, this means that out of approximately 1200 students, more than 62% have personal laptops. Interestingly roughly 36% of the students indicated that they HAVE a laptop BUT don’t use the laptop in the classroom. I wonder why that is? Do our faculty tell them that they can’t use their laptop for class? Is that perhaps a detriment to their learning?
What are your thoughts? Post your comments below.
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