Connected Learning

The State of Student Technology: A Webcomic Analysis


An innovative and multi-purpose webcomic provides an example of how to: 1) survey and represent data from students about their use of technology and media (mostly outside of school), and 2) document and reflect on one's teaching (and use of digital tools) in a useful format for both students and teacher-assessment purposes. Key insights support perceptions regarding the savviness and fearlessness of students while at the same time pointing to the need for teachers and parents to guide them in addressing issues of privacy and responsibility as they compose with media.

Each year, I have my sixth graders take an online Google Survey that I develop as a way to gauge their use of technology. The focus of the survey is mostly the things they do with media and technology outside of school. Last week, they submitted their data, as we gear up for both a new unit around digital citizenship AND a classroom research project by two UMass professors around the topic of young and technology AND digital learning day. In that spirit, I gathered some of the results into a comic.