Nearly 80% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 use the Internet on at least a weekly basis in the United States,
The analysis found that during the week, most children spend at least three hours a day watching television, and that television use among preschoolers is the highest it has been in the past eight years. Of the time that children spend on all types of media, television accounts for a whopping 47%.
Heavy television viewing may even be partially responsible for the rising number of children who use the Internet. Parents in one study indicated that more than 60% of children under age three watch video online. That percentage decreases as children get older (the report suggests this is because school-age children have less time at home), but even 8- to 18-year-old children reported in another study that they consume about 20% of their video content online, on cellphones, or on other portable devices like iPods.
A 2010 Nielsen study suggests that 36% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 use both mediums simultaneously. Altogether, children between the ages of 8 and 10 spend about 5.5 hours each day using media — eight hours if you count the additional media consumed while multitasking.
About 90% of 5- to 9-year-olds who participated in a 2008 Sesame Workshop study reported spending at least an hour every day reading old-fashioned, physical texts.
More than half of the 517 organizations surveyed by Gartner use open source software (OSS). When the firm first started tracking open source in the enterprise five years ago, only 10% of organizations were using OSS.
More than one in five respondents (22%) are using OSS in all departments of the organization, while 46% are using OSS for specific departments. According to the announcement, the top uses for OSS were "data management and integration; and application development, integration, architecture, governance and/or overhaul." Other popular uses were security and compliance, data center modernization and virtualization.
Today’s college students are juggling multiple demands and are also entering school lacking essential skills, which is significantly impacting their ability to study and focus, according to a survey released by Cengage Learning.
nearly half of today’s college students hold jobs and 30 percent report being distracted by external responsibilities,
more than 25 percent of their students enter the classroom without basic skills in reading, writing, math and other areas.
Tech Effect: Technology Positively Impacts Student Engagement
• A majority (58 percent) of instructors believe that technology in courses positively impacts student engagement.
• Seventy-one percent of instructors that rated student engagement levels as “high” report seeing a great benefit to learning outcomes as a result of using technology in courses.
• Seventy-one percent of students who are employed full-time and seventy-seven percent of students who are employed part-time prefer more technology-based tools in the classroom.
Survey Says: Increased Need and Support for Educational Technology
According to the survey, students and instructors have seen technology improve engagement in the past 12 months.
• In fact, 79 percent of instructors and 86 percent of students have seen the average level of engagement improve over the last year as they have increased their use of digital educational tools.
• Additionally, 67 percent of students reported they preferred courses that use a great deal of technology, a nine percent increase from the previous year.
• Similarly, 58 percent of instructors said they prefer teaching courses that use a great deal of technology, a 10 percent increase from 2009.
What type of impact have the following technologies had on your overall learning?
■ 87% of students believe online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning.
■ 62% identify blogs, wikis, and other online authoring tools while 59% identify YouTube and recorded lectures.
■ E-books and e-textbooks impact overall learning among 50% of students surveyed, while 42% of students identify online portals.Which of the following technologies will have the greatest impact on student engagement?
■ 44% of instructors believe that online libraries and databases will have the greatest impact on student engagement.
■ 32% of instructors identify e-textbooks and 30% identify interactive homework solutions as having the potential to improve engagement and learning outcomes. (ereaders was 11%)
■ 49% of students believe that online libraries and databases will have the greatest impact on student engagement.
■ 31% identify e-textbooks and 27% identify interactive homework solutions as having the potential to improve engagement and learning outcomes. (ereaders was 11%) Students are more optimistic.
- How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
- What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?
- Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?
Every day, before leaving the office, save a few minutes to think about what just happened. Look at your calendar and compare what actually happened — the meetings you attended, the work you got done, the conversations you had, the people with whom you interacted, even the breaks you took — with your plan for what you wanted to have happen. Then ask yourself three sets of questions:
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