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ERIC Number: EJ824827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0164-7970
An Introduction to Technologies Commonly Used by College Students
Junco, Reynol; Cole-Avent, Gail A.
New Directions for Student Services, n124 p3-17 Win 2008
Today's college students, the Net generation, have woven technology into their everyday repertoire of communication and connection tools. They use the Internet, e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, and social networking Web sites like Facebook and MySpace at higher rates than individuals from any other generation. Student affairs professionals, however, use technology less and in different ways than their students do, lagging in their use of technology for newer forms of communication. Indeed, there is an inverse relationship between age and going online, having high-speed access at home, using the Internet for academic research, text messaging, using social networking Web sites, instant messaging, reading and creating blogs, and downloading music and videos. It is important for student affairs professionals to be familiar with the technology that students use, especially since newer technologies can be used in ways that increase student engagement and ultimately improve educational outcomes. In this article, the authors review the research on college student technology use, the more popular technology tools that today's college students use, and the importance of this information to student affairs professionals. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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