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ComETS Identifies Connected Student Needs

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Last fall ComETS, a group of faculty and staff interested in educational technology, along with the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE) conducted a survey of student technology use at Iowa State. Over 1,300 students participated in the survey, which found that over 91 percent own laptops and 99 percent own cell phones, with a full 69 percent of students indicating they have a smart phone capable of connecting to the internet. Facebook was the number one social networking site with 94 percent of students reporting use of the site. According to Jim Twetten, Director of Academic Technologies at Iowa State, the survey was intended to help identify how students use technology both in and out of the classroom and to determine how satisfied they are with educational technology at Iowa State.

A summary of the survey results can be found online at:

To download PDF file of the survey results, visit the ComETS web page and click on "ComETS student survey report"