Believe it or not, where I live, we’ve only had access to cell phones for two years. But in that time, many (most?) of the kids in our building over the age of about fourteen have adopted them. Whether they have complained to parents to get one, bought one themselves or had one given to them by their parents for safety reasons, as with many schools in North America, many of our kids carry a phone everywhere they go.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own laptop to my classroom. out of the 28 students I have this year, approximately 11 – 13 of them bring their own machines from home on any given day. Ipods (and yes, it’s ipods) are almost universal. Almost every student in my class has one; and honestly those that don’t; when I ask them about this say that they don’t want one as they don’t listen to a lot of music.
The one piece of technology I am wondering about is ereaders. Only five students in my class bring a kindle or a kobo with them on a daily basis. Anyone else seeing this? I’m wondering why this is? Is it because students get most of their books from a library instead of buying them? I’m curious about this as the technology of an ereader has become relatively cheap over the past year or two. Why aren’t students adopting this technology faster? Is this true in other places as well?