I recently gave a survey to all of the 5th grade students in order to determine the types of technology they use at home. I decided to call it their “personal” technology. I formed the questions to focus on what types of technology they use and the frequency in which they use it. I also had them think about those types of technology and comment on which one(s) they would like to see used in the classroom more.
- Almost all of the 5th graders have an mp3 player – the majority of those with mp3 players use it not just to listen to music, but also to play apps.
- Also, almost all of the students have a video game console. In addition, 14% of those with a video game console, are gaming for more than 2 hours a day.
- I was most surprised by the YouTube data. I threw it in there because of some observations I had in my own class. Not only are students viewing videos on YouTube, 15% of those students watch more than 10 videos in one sitting.
- One more statistic to add is that 20% of the 66% of texters, send more than 10 texts a day.