The Student Cyborg: How Technology is Facilitating Education

Technology has its pros and cons, especially in the classroom. Students have a vast number of resources and search engines at their fingertips, but you might also find that they’re more easily distracted.

The handy infographic below takes a look at the concept of a ‘student cyborg’ and how technology is facilitating education. Defining a cyborg as “a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device”, the graphic elaborates on the idea that students and teachers – we have tons of technology at our fingertips – are more dependent on technology, but it facilitates their learning in a positive way. Do you think technology is hurting or helping you and your students – and how? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

The Student Cyborg: How Technology is Facilitating Education

  • A cyborg is a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device
  • How dependent on technology are we?
  • 23% of faculty use social media weekly, on average, for professional purposes – most use it less
  • Nearly 50% of faculty have posted on social media in the past month
  • 47% of faculty use video and other types of social media in teaching; 33% use video only
  • Most faculty see “other video” and YouTube as having the most value for class (compared with podcasts, blogs, facebook, twitter, etc)
  • 25% of college students have taken an online class
  • Most institutions agree that bringing courses online is in the best interest of their school’s long term goals
  • 99% of schools now have internet access
  • Students use technology overwhelmingly for problem solving, data analysis, and calculations, followed by basic skills practice, writing and research (for school use, not personal use)
  • There are over 20,000 educational apps for iPhone
  • There are over 3,000 accredited online colleges

 

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