Jessica On The Web – Cell Phones Or Online

My teacher asked some questions (in 5 of her classes) about cell phones, online time and access questions and here are the results.

1. Students averaged 68 text messages per week. The high was 131, the low was 24.

2. 72% of students said they spent more time on the phone or texting than they did online.

3. 14% of students said they used the Web to research homework projects.

4. 86% of the students have cell phones.

5. 92% of the students have access to the internet at home.

6. 41% have high speed access.

7. 22% of students sent an email within the last week.

8. 100% of the students know someone that uses Myspace.

9. 43% of students have their own computer.

10. 5% of students said that their online time is monitored by their parents.

We also voted on questions to ask the experts and came up with 10 questions. We decided that is would be best to ask two questions a week. Here are the first two.

Q. Should HTML be taught in High School? If so, should CSS be taught with it?

Q. Are search engines replacing libraries for scholastic research?

About these ads

  1. Students averaged 68 text messages per week. The high was 131, the low was 24.

    I wasn’t expecting that high of a number. 131?!! Does everyone sit around in class sending text messages?

    14% of students said they used the Web to research homework projects.

    22% of students sent an email within the last week.

    I was also surprised by those numbers, I would have predicted a much higher percentage.

    Should HTML be taught in High School? If so, should CSS be taught with it?

    I learned a little HTML in high school (1994). Granted, I think it was a BASIC class or something. I would imagine with the direction things are going, it would only make sense. CSS? of course!

    Are search engines replacing libraries for scholastic research?

    Would have assumed it was, but with only 14% of students using it for research, maybe not.

    Of course this is a biased sample, but interesting information. Thanks again for your post Jessica!

  2. Personaly I wish they wouldn’t teach tables until after you knew CSS, bad habits are hard to break. I don’t think everyone needs to know HTML, but knowing HTML without CSS is an incomplete education.

    Search engines are faster, quicker, and easier than libraries, but there’s no editorial control. If something made it’s way into a reference book and is in a library, you knowing it was reasonably accurate at the time it was printed. Finding accurate information online is a bit more difficult.

  3. I’m with Michael on the library issue. There’s a lot of misinformation on the Web that’s easy to confuse with the real thing.

    But I don’t agree with him about CSS – my partner and I are on the top of page 1 for nearly every term we target and most of those pages are full of tables.

  4. DG

    I called the teacher this morning to ask about that 14% figure. The current curriculum is designed so that the majority of the work can be completed without external sources, (that could be scary).

    But I asked about required reading in the Civics class. All the students taking Civics are required to read five political blogs chosen from a list. Many of the students didn’t consider that ‘research’.

  5. Garrett

    59% of the students DON’T have high speed! That must be a rough online experience (perhaps they’re the heavy mobile users?).

    I agree that HTML s/b offered, but don’t think it s/b mandatory (I’m sure there’s lots of people who could care less). CSS is definitely important since the newer browsers render it pretty consistently. I too am a table guy (mostly) b/c CSS can still get wonky in older browsers (eventually older browser versions will die though…depends upon your user base).

  6. DG

    >>59% of the students DON’T have high speed!

    Yeah, the options here are satellite and dial-up. Satellite is probably pricey for some, installation ranging from $800 to $1500. They do have high speed access from school.

  1. 1 Friday Tea Time » TheMadHat

    [...] the internet to research homework projects? That percentage seems really low to me. Take a look at Cell Phones vs Online from [...]

  2. 2 The Coming Teen Cell Phone Revolution « Speaking Freely

    [...] I’ve reported before, teens are more connected than ever, but not to a PC. This fact hasn’t been lost on marketers. In 2005 advertisers were looking [...]




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


  • Blog Stuff

  • What People Are Saying

  • People Are Interested In

  • RSS Word Of The Day

  • RSS Quote Of The Day

    • Mary Pickford
      "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."
  • RSS Neologisms

    • JOMO October 24, 2014
      JOMO n. The pleasure derived from no longer worrying about missing out on what other people are doing or saying. Also: jomo. [From the phrase joy of missing out] Example Citations: JOMO is a social detox, the equivalent for the mind of the nine-day juice cleanse. It’s about not allowing the new, noisy world make you feel inadequate. It’s deciding not to inve […]
    • media meshing October 23, 2014
      media meshing pp. Using one or more media to enhance or augment the consumption of another medium. Also: screen meshing. —media mesher n. Example Citations: On Sunday night...social media was centre stage as a key weapon in Hollywood’s attempt to engage with a younger audience, which it fears it is losing to entertainment downloaded from the internet. The Ac […]
    • almost alcoholic October 22, 2014
      almost alcoholic n. A person who exhibits some of the symptoms or behaviors associated with alcoholism, but who is not a full-blown alcoholic. —almost-alcoholic adj. Example Citations: Traditionally alcoholism has been understood as a black-and-white condition. Just like it’s impossible to be a little bit pregnant, it’s long been considered that a person mus […]
    • Ebolaphobia October 21, 2014
      Ebolaphobia n. A strong and irrational fear of the Ebola virus. Also: Ebola-phobia, Ebola phobia. —Ebolaphobic adj. —Ebolaphobe n. Example Citations: We are using public transportation, dining in restaurants, sending our kids to school and drinking city water right out of the tap. We are not unhinged by Ebolaphobia. —Jacquielynn Floyd, “Floyd: Good sense wil […]
    • procaffinating October 17, 2014
      procaffinating pp. Delaying or postponing something until one has had one or more cups of coffee; drinking coffee slowly as a delaying tactic. Also: pro-caffinating, procaffeinating. [procrastinating + caffeine] —procaffinate v. —procaffinator n. —procaffination n. Example Citations: Procaffinating is a perfect word that describes me on this lazy day as I am […]
    • fracktivist October 16, 2014
      fracktivist n. A person who campaigns or protests against the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to extract gas and oil from shale rock. Also: fractivist. [fracking + activist] —fracktivist adj. —fracktivism n. Example Citations: In greater numbers by the month, residents across north Orange County are calling for an end to fracking, joining a growing […]
    • NoMo October 15, 2014
      NoMo n. A woman who is not a mother, particularly by circumstance rather than by choice. (not + mother) Example Citations: Now there is even a new word for people like myself, Jennifer and the one in five women who find themselves in their mid-40s without children: NoMos, short for “not mothers” —Amanda Revell Walton, “Like Jennifer Aniston, I’ve accepted I’ […]
    • data fracking October 14, 2014
      data fracking pp. Using enhanced or hidden measures to extract or obtain data. Also: data-fracking. Example Citations: The Therapeutics Initiative’s Colin Dormuth is a Victoria researcher who already uses this information to study drug safety. After my article came out last month, he tweeted that allowing for-profit companies to mine our health data amounts […]
    • plyscraper October 10, 2014
      plyscraper n. A tall building made mostly from wood. Also: ply-scraper. [plywood + skyscraper] Example Citations: The buildings they envision have been dubbed “plyscrapers.” Their halting arrival into the mainstream of architecture represents a test case for whether the goal of sustainability can motivate a reversal of both long-term construction norms and t […]
    • prespond October 9, 2014
      prespond v. To respond to something in advance. Also: pre-spond. —presponsive adj. Example Citations: Let me attempt to “prespond” — a new word for anticipatory response — to potential defenses of voter ignorance. —Ken Herman, “Herman: How’s a voter to know” (subscription required), Austin American-Statesman (Texas), September 17, 2014   We know we are a gen […]
  • More Blog Stuff


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: