CNET News covered the Sun Microsystems Worldwide Education and Research Conference this past week. One of the most popular sessions was one with college students discussing the web, networking and libraries. An interesting statement as reported in the article was:
“Despite the fears that kids are leaving permanent digital footprints when they post personal information online, college students think it would be even weirder if someone didn’t exist on the Web. It would concern me about their ability to use the computer. I haven’t encountered something like that. Everyone in my generation (is) somehow, someway on the Internet,” said Lorrie Ma, a 23-year-old junior in the undergraduate programs of mechanical engineering and marketing at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. “
The panel of college students echoed what many of the web 2.0 prophets have been saying about access to social networking sites:
“One of the strongest messages for educators from the two students was that universities shouldn’t try to restrict access to online information and social-networking sites like MySpace or Facebook. Rather, universities should educate kids on the positives and negatives of those sites and offer best practices for Internet use.”
They also talked about what should be in college libraries:
“When it came to the subject of libraries, Shirazi and Ma said that digitization of books would be most useful to students. That’s because the library is largely an outpost for students to study or use the Internet to get PDF data for schoolwork, rather than a place to check out books.”
Always good to hear from the students! Blogger Ted Dodds also shared his thoughts about this presentation.