Student technology panel 

Yesterday my department had a panel of students talk about their technology use - and it was really good to hear. Like how they manage all this information coming at them, whether it's seven types of notifications on their phones for their outside responsibilities, or each professor sending them to a different homework platform.

Student technology panel 

They caught themselves goofing off, doing homework and catching up on email during lecture. I wonder if students sleep in class anymore. They liked in class polling to keep focused, but liked discussion based classes even more.

Most of the undergrads were afraid of finding and checking out books from the library (my trick in library school for dealing with the 3rd largest library in N America was to find the books online and have them delivered to a smaller university.)

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Student technology panel 

The undergrads also all use Google docs to collaborate. Someone asked them about "What about Office 365?" and they shook their heads and made sad faces.

Someone asked about concerns about how the university use and gather their data. The PhD student was very concerned. The undergrads shrugged. "Google is listening right now" one said. The two involved in classes with our data-based tracking program liked updates about how they were doing.

Student technology panel 

The group skewed heavy on student government members - maybe they were all involved in that? (This lead them to use and love Outlook.) So there are a ton of voices missing, but it was really good to see how some students really feel about how technology impacts their education. It reminded me how much they have going on outside of class (work, activities) and how even when we see something as money saving, they often still see it as yet another charge on their ubill.

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