Mobile Devices and Online Tools Student Survey


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As I did with a larger class last semester I just surveyed my current class on their use of mobile devices and various online tools. Whereas the large class represented students from 3 out of 4 faculties at MPOW the survey results below are from a current class of only 14 School of IT students taking a level 2/3 IT subject – advanced web applications.

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As might be expected the group is heavily PC-centric and between them no tablets or e-readers are to be found. Laptops dominate netbooks. The 57% smartphone usage is close to double that found last semester (32%).

Virtually all (93%) use web-based email with Gmail (57%) being dominant (it was Live mail well ahead last semester at 72%).

My third chart has no equivalent last semester. The 93% using social networking is no surprise. Use of blogs and wikis (even if mainly for reading) is higher than I would have imagined. Obviously geolocation sites are becoming important more quickly than I expected. Use of microblogs (mainly Twitter) remains disappointingly low.

A final question asked for their popular sites visited regularly. I am still teasing out this information as it contains many software development sites that are new to me and need investigation.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Michael Rees
Mijare Consulting
I am an IT academic interested in Web 2.0 application development and use, social media tools for organisations and individuals, virtualisation and cloud computing applications.


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