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Jessica, my teen guest blogger is out with flu. She’s not alone.
Some schools that were able to remain open are reporting more than 50% absenteeism which greatly exceeds the 20% rate needed to close the school. As soon as she’s well she’ll be bring you more posts on what teens are up to on the web.
Last week I asked 28 students if they would write a short essay about what they do online, how much time they spend online and how they communicate with their friends. It was originally due today but because of the flu my teacher gave everyone until Monday to complete the assignment. Nearly 30% of the students are out with the flu.
I’m sorry about tbis week, but Monday I’ll have a lot to blog about.
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?
Jessica will be posting on Thursdays until the end of the school year. As for me, I’ll be posting at random times on a daily basis.
Chris Winfield asked some questions last week and I asked my class for some help with some of the answers.
1) How do you feel about video ads on YouTube (as they are now like Boost Mobile)?
I don’t really care for ads, they seem out of place but they aren’t as bad as those ads that float around the screen or cover up what I try to read. It’s more like watching ads on TV.
1a) How would you feel about having to watch a quick ad before the video you wanted to watch?
If the ad made sense, and I really wanted to see the video it would be okay but ads for growing hair on a System Of A Down video wouldn’t be.
2) Which search engine do you use?
I use Google now but last year my homepage was Yahoo and I used it. I asked the people in my class and here are the answers.
2a) Do you click on the ads?
3) Do you read blogs (other than this one ;)?
Yes, I read band blogs and fan blogs and my friend’s blogs and for Civics I have to read political blogs.
3a) How much influence does a blog have over what you might purchase?
It depends on what blog it is. If my friends are blogging about a new CD then I might buy it but I have to know the person blogging. I don’t like blogs that are all about trying to sell things.
4) What is the coolest website right now in your opinion?
I spend more time on Pogo than any other site but I asked the class again to get more answers.
World of Warcraft 6
My teacher wrote at the bottom of the poll:
I spend most of my online time _________________
And we had to fill in the blank.
9 People said “playing Xbox”
9 people said “talking to friends”
2 people said “looking for girls”
2 people said “playing games”
2 people said “looking for music”
1 person said “learning guitar”
1 person said “looking for game cheats”
1 person said “at Myspace”
1 person said “downloading music”
If you have more questions please blog them here. Next week I might have questions from my class and teacher about blogging.
She’ll be celebrating getting her temporary driver’s license with her family. ; ) I can almost remember being that young…
Christmas break is over. :(
I know that everyone thinks that music is #1 but we trade music at school, mostly rips from CD’s that we buy at the mall. Going to the mall with friends to buy CD’s is more fun than sitting at home downloading songs.
I get in trouble for buying ring tones and you can find more ring tones on the web than anywhere else. Some of my friends have had their phones taken away because they spent more on ring tones than they spent on the bill.
The most expensive thing I’ve bought on the web is concert tickets. Shianne’s dad asked me what ads I click on but I don’t click on any unless it’s for a singer or band I like or there’s a new movie coming out.
Chris, I’m going to print out your questions and use them for a poll for next week’s blog. I think the coolest website right now is WordPress but that’s because my friends are setting up blogs on it now.
My teacher want to know if bloggers want to read blogs with articles, or if blogs are supposed to be like conversations and if bloggers think they can change the outcome of elections.
That’s all for this week but if anyone has questions please blog them here.
I wanted a different perspective on the Social Web, Myspace, Digg, etc. I also wanted some fresh input on what is driving the young adopters of technology. So, I’m proud to announce that Jessica L. will be writing for this blog. She’s the 15 year-old junior editor of her school newspaper and one of my daughter’s best friends. She’ll be speaking freely at least once a week, every Wednesday evening.
If you have any questions for Jessica, please add them to the comments here until she starts posting tomorrow evening. The time she spends writing here counts as one of her assignments and is a large part of her grade. Welcome Jessica.