ERIC Number: EJ1011473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Student Use of Technology in Class: Engaged or Unplugged?
La Roche, Claire R.; Flanigan, Mary A.
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v10 n1 p47-54 2013
In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about the need for student engagement and a meaningful connection in the classroom. With the advent of cell phones, computers and the Internet, students are more connected to, and, at the same time, more disconnected from each other than ever before. We are living in the age of exponential change and technological convergence where forms of technology speak to each other. The omnipresent cell phone is a mini-computer and according to futurist Ray Kurzweil, "What now fits in your pocket 25 years from now will fit into a blood cell and will again be millions of times more cost effective." (Greene, 2010) A survey of 211 undergraduates was conducted in an effort to determine whether student use of technology in the classroom enhances engagement or encourages disconnection. The results are discussed and suggestions are proposed. (Contains 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computers, Handheld Devices, Internet, Technological Advancement, Laptop Computers, School Policy, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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