I was curious to see how saturated with technology my second grade students are and started going through an informal survey with them. Being that they are in second grade this kind of a procedure takes some patience and needs to be conducted very methodically.
As we sat in our ‘meeting circle’ I started asking them about technonlogy and what they personally owned. Of course by ownership I understand that it belongs to their mom and dad. I clarified and asked what is theirs, and is not shared with mom and dad. For exammple if they said they had an iPad I told them if they borrowed the iPad from mom and dad that didn’t count. I wanted to know what was dedicated for their sole use. The results from the 18 students in attendance were as follows.
How many of you have your own:
- Phone – 7 (surprisingly, only one student had their phone at school today)
- Nintendo Wii – 11 (not surprising as is seem Nintendo has the corner on children’s video games)
- XBOX360 – 1 (also not surprising as many of these game are geared toward older audiences)
- Playstation 3 – 0 (They are missing out on the best gaming console out there…joking)
- Nintendo DS – 9 (most-likely the same kids that have the Wii)
- iPad – 3 (this percentage is sure to grow)
- Laptop – 3
- Desktop – 9
- Camera – 8 (I did not clarify if they are considering the camera their phone as a ‘camera’ for this category)
- iPod – 4 (surely these will start being replaced by the iPad)
Being the ipad fan that I am, all of the results were tabulated on the iPad. What other classroom tool is there that’s more versatile?
My favorite part of this whole exercise was when I was talking about cameras. I asked them how many had ‘digital cameras‘ and a student next to me scrunched up her nose, wrinkled her brow and asked, “What’s a digital camera?!” I could only smile as I realized that I was an old man that had watched the transition from film to digital in the last 15 years.
What was I thinking? There are no other types of camera out there, by default they are all digital.