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Robert B. Kvavik and Judy B. Caruso: ECAR Study of Students and Information Technology 2005, Educause November 16, 2005
The EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR)has come out with its 2005 study on students and information technology. StevenB observes that while students use search engines, "they clearly do not use those resources exclusively." Barbra Fister reports, though, that "students report using computers only 11-15 hours a week, with searching library databases at less than an hour." Christopher D. Sessums, following the Chronicle article, reports that the study "shows Students desire a balance of technological and human contact." [Tags: Information, Web Logs, EDUCAUSE] [Comment]

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

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