A new Netday "Speak Up" survey by Dell and Bell South suggests that
while teachers are increasingly using email to communicate to
students, students are increasingly abandoning email for instant
messaging (including cell phone SMS).
"Students have told us that eMail is still valuable--mainly for
storing and transmitting documents and for communication with
adults," said Julie Evans, chief executive officer of the nonprofit
group NetDay. "IM is more valuable to them because it is instant, and
they can speak with multiple people at the same time. I believe that
this highlights a greater sophistication in student tech use--and a
trend for us to watch."
In addition to instant messaging, students are more likely to use
social networking tools like MySpace and Facebook to support their
communication habits. "At least 50 percent of students, by the 12th
grade, have some sort of personal, MySpace-like web site," she said.
"This generation of learners seeks community online."
eSchool News Staff, For students, eMail already is outdated, May 3,
Netday "Speak Up" survey results, http://www.dell4k12.com/netday
Netday "Speak Up" survey tool 2005, http://www.netdayspeakup.org/