Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Insights on Student Blogging - From a Student

Jeffrey R. Young in Wired Campus - an online publication from the Chronicle of Higher Education has a great interview with Loyola Marymount University junior Kelly Sutton. Kelly, and friends co-founded a popular student technology blog Hack College. Here are some snippets from the interview - Kelly has some really interesting insights.
We personally believe that blogs are kind of replacing résumés as far as indicators of talent and past experiences. We’ve had a lot of job offers come directly from the blog itself. We definitely think more students should consider blogging.

It’s no longer weird to spend a lot of time on the Internet. Students will jokingly admit to spending hours on Facebook. The habits that they’re forming right now will eventually lead to different collaborations that weren’t possible in the past.

[Technology is] adding a lot of overhead to a student’s life — the time it takes to check all the social networks and online platforms.

Oftentimes professors trying to use technology or plug into the generation using technology fail miserably. It’s like, “Let’s make a podcast.” Well, what problem is that podcast solving?

I think a lot of the social networks will putter out and die. Facebook will be here to stay...

I learned how to operate a computer before I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. ... it’s just kind of been a part of my life ever since I was born.

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