Smartphone Distribution for Students in Class Today
25 June 2010
At the start of my CORE11-114 Knowledge Society class this semester I set up a survey page based on a Google Spreadsheet to collect some background information about their digital literacy and computing devices. After 3 weeks I had 104 responses from a class of 172, a 60% response rate.
Using a free Google Docs spreadsheet as a survey form is very straightforward and does not suffer the low response limits of other free tools like SurveyMonkey and PollDaddy. Google Docs also provides a useful summary feature which can be supplemented with the full features of Google charts.
I won’t present all the results here as they are very specific to my subject, but a couple of more generic results are given below. Note that the students are representative of our whole university and are drawn from all our faculties of Business, Technology & Sustainable Development, Health Sciences & Medicine, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Law. For half the students this was their first semester, and just over half are from overseas.
The distribution of desktops and laptops between Windows and Mac are predictable with use of Macs in education being well above the less than 10% penetration across the world. For me the big surprise was the 32% of the student sample having access to a smartphone capable of displaying web pages. My own prediction would have been between 50% and 60%, although a number of colleagues have commented that 32% seems a high number. What do you think?
One other question about the use of online email services is worth reporting here.
It is no surprise that Live Mail leads the pack but nevertheless the 72% share is higher than I expected.
If any reader has similar stats please leave a link in the comments.