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Technology gaining traction with today’s students

Categories: College Life

In today's information age, consumer electronics are never far away, especially among young people. According to a new report published by the Pearson Foundation, tablet computers are becoming an increasingly popular addition to students' "what to bring to college" checklists.

The results of the report show just how popular tablets are becoming in academia. Last year, just 7 percent of college students owned a tablet computer. This year, that figure increased to 25 percent.

In addition to the growing number of the devices making their way into college classrooms across the country, many students believe digital textbooks will eventually take the place of print publications. Approximately 63 percent of college students said digital course materials will replace print textbooks within five years. More than half of students responding to the survey said they preferred digital textbooks to print versions.

Among students who don't currently own a tablet, 36 percent of college students and 26 percent of university-bound freshmen intend to buy one within six months.

Some students say that tablets help them study more often and effectively. What do you think? Do you prefer digital to print? 

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The benefits of social media in the classroom

In today's information age, most students have multiple online identities on social networking platforms. According to a recent article in CampusTechnology, using websites like Facebook and Twitter can be a real benefit to students.

One benefit of using social media in classrooms is that many freshmen are already comfortable using sites like Facebook. Faculty can use this to make lessons more engaging. This approach to teaching can also improve students' communication skills by increasing the amount of interaction between students and lecturers.

Social media can also make education more convenient and accessible. Students can contact faculty through email, tweets or even Facebook posts with questions or problems.

Web-savvy students can also use their knowledge of social networking to help them find a job. Sites like LinkedIn are becoming an increasingly popular way for people to find work, and students who can use these sites could stand a better chance of finding job opportunities.

According to Mashable, more than one in three students use Facebook for academic purposes. Around 20 percent of individuals who use social media in their academic life said they felt more connected to their school, and were twice as likely to become involved in campus-based activities.

However, although a smartphone may be on your "what to bring to college" checklist, make sure that using Facebook doesn't interfere with your studies.

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Apple announces major new developments in academic publishing

Computing giant Apple recently announced the launch of two new applications that could revolutionize education, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

iBooks Author is a free authoring application that allows educators to create their own fully interactive digital textbooks. Faculty can drag-and-drop images, text, video and multimedia presentations into the app to create customized learning materials for their courses. The news could revolutionize how college textbooks are created, and make learning a more engaging experience for students. For those considering filling out a college application, an iPad could soon be on their "What to bring to college" checklist.

According to CNET, students will be able to highlight passages and make notes to aid them in their studies. The second application, iBooks 2, will function as an online bookstore accessible through the iPad tablet computer. Several textbooks from major publishers are already available on the iTunes U store.

If Apple introduces discount pricing for hardware in colleges, the California-based computing company could be set to dominate the academic publishing industry. With iBooks Author, faculty will be able to create fully customizable course content based on their individual curricula, potentially making education more engaging.

What do you think of the idea of faculty creating their own books? Does the announcement make you want to learn more about digital textbooks, and how they can impact your educational experience?

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