How Students Use Tech

A cool infographic courtesy

Students Love Technology

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. James Joyner says:

    Aside from a large survey class, I’m trying to wrap my head around how one would use Twitter to increase engagement. Specifically, why it would be more efficient than the Old School method of having students raise hands and call on them. Or just calling on them.

  2. @James Joyner: I had a similar thought. Maybe as some kind of rolling participation/connectivity thing?

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    I entered college just before digital technology became as prolific in the classroom as it is today. My freshman year, laptops in the classroom probably numbered 3% of the population. By my senior year it was probably around 60%-70%. Undoubtedly, students do love their technology. That said, I wonder how much of the drive towards a technology filled classroom is from the students, and how much is from the university?

    It seemed like every year I was in school, some classroom mandated a piece of technology for their class. Whether it was these odd remote control devices for taking quizzes/attendance (that was pushed by the university proper), mandatory software that served purely as a supplemental/study aid (such as note-taking software, or ‘portfolio building’ programs–not Photoshop or Matlab or some other essential software to certain degrees), or mandatory use of browser based programs instead of good ol’ pen and paper assignments, it seemed the proliferation in the use of technology in the classroom was just as much driven top-down as it was bottom-up.

    That trend was amplified by Professors experimenting with new methods of reaching students, such as publishing video podcasts of lectures that, while not necessitating the use of an mp3 player, certainly encouraged it. Indeed, I never owned an mp3 player until lectures were podcasted (I bought a Zune, because I am that unhip).

    None of this is to say that I’m making judgement on the rise of technology in the classroom and on campus, but to simply say that the causation isn’t as simple as some articles make it out to be.

  4. @Neil Hudelson: Zune=fail. J/k…but really.

  5. Uh…what are the other 18% using to write their papers?

  6. @Timothy Watson: Papyrus.