Monday, June 30, 2014

Tablet Use Triples Among College Students Enhancing the Higher Education Experience


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My oldest son recently completed his first year of college 3000 miles away from home so this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. If you have a high school senior, a student in college now, or one that will be starting as a freshman this fall, you'll likely appreciate this as well.

McKeldin Library at UMD,
According to the United States Census Bureau as of 2012, 10.3 million men and women were enrolled in four-year universities with another 3.8 million registered students in graduate schools and 6 milion more enrolled in two-year colleges. That's a whole lot of college student -- over 20 million students altogether. At the same time tablet usage among this huge population of students has increased three-fold. 

The Verizon Wireless blog, which I read regularly, shares insights into why and how tablets are revolutionizing and elevating the college experience

iPad 2 and iPad Mini,
Tablets are popular among college kids because they
  • Are extremely portable, faster and more efficient
  • Enhance processing of information
  • Increase the engagement between student and educator
  • Are very affordable, especially when compared to laptop costs
  • Lower book expenses since digital textbooks can cost much less 
  • Provide a double-duty tool for schoolwork, social networking and play
  • Facilitate staying connected with friends and family back home

Helping my son move into campus housing,
As much as I appreciate all of the roles tablets play in the day-to-day academic and social lives of today's college students, that last item, in my eyes, is the most important tablet asset on the list. That's because study after study proves that students who are wirelessly enabled are more likely to remain connected with their families and communicate frequently with them while they are away at school over the information super highway. 

It's a win-win for student and mom and dad because research also shows that students who remain close to their family while fully engaged in university life are more likely to experience overall happiness, succeed and in turn do better in school.

For more on the ways tablets are positively changing the campus landscape in ways we could have never imagined a decade ago, visit the Verizon Wireless Insiders Guide.

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