So the other half of my job is still focused on the student community in Canada (we also call it the Academic community). In any case, I am always trying to figure out how to better understand the Canadian student community and what they think about technology. It's easy to figure out that students understand technology fairly well and we have a pretty good understanding that students use technology regularly. This year, I worked with our team to fund a research study to better understand how students and technology mix. Out of it, we have a Press Release that went out today.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the survey, please let me know and i'll post more results.
Here's a sample of some of the results:
§ 94 per cent of students say technology has improved doing research for school and work and 69 per cent say it’s improved maintaining relationships
§ 43 per cent of respondents have downloaded music illegally; 40 per cent say they do it often
§ The most common excuse used by students for not doing their homework is “my printer ran out of ink” at 85 per cent; ”my hard drive crashed” came in second for females at 30 per cent, whereas 28 per cent of males used the “virus” excuse next most often
§ 43 per cent of respondents agreed that technology has improved their awareness of world events
§ Almost 13 per cent have downloaded pornography; 22 per cent say they do it often