How connected are the incoming freshmen? What technology tools do they use? What tools would they like to use? Every summer Instructional Technology surveys incoming freshmen during Orientation. Below are highlights from 590 or our incoming freshmen. View this infographic of the 2014 Freshman Technology Survey Results to see the complete survey results.
- Apple is clearly the choice for incoming students! 52% of students are bringing Mac laptops, 21 % have iPads, and 71% have iPhones. This has been a growing trend over the last few years with 39% bringing Mac laptops last year and 62% bringing iPhones.
- Students are increasingly using mobile devices to access email, with 68% checking email on their phone. Only 2% did not have a smart phone and all reported having some type of phone.
- The laptop is still the preferred method to access the web at 64% but 25% prefer to use their phone.
- Facebook use is down (72% compared to 87% last year) but Twitter use remains at 53%. Instagram is used by 74% and Snapchat by 65%. Less than 3% of the incoming freshmen report using none of these social media apps.
- Email is still preferred 66% to 33% as the method for instructors to contact students.
- Google services are widely used. 37% of students have used Google Docs, 60% prefer Chrome as their web browser, 55% use Google Drive for file storage and 81% have Gmail accounts.
- 28% have never read a book in digital format which is a lower percentage than the 42% that reported never reading an ebook last year.
- 56% of the freshmen are interested in 3-D Printing, 41% in Google Glass, 30% in wearable technologies and 24% in drones.
Full 2014 Freshmen Technology Survey