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Today and tomorrow I’m attending (and presenting at) Gigabytes, Ghouls, & Grad Students, the first CCTE doctoral conference on tech and education. It was orgainzed by a couple of grad students in my department – Dana and Manu – and professors are verboten, so it’s really a way for grad students to present their work (and especially works in progress) to fellow students and get feedback, which is a great idea in the spirit of sharing. Sadly, no conference backchannel discussions going on – wireless in the room is spotty (at least for me), and anyway only 5 students out of 30 or so have laptops with them. Which, given that these are all tech students and were alerted to the fact that they’d have wireless access, is a little weird. Or maybe not… my presentation tomorrow is actually going to deal with some preliminary results from data that I collected over the summer on the technology practices of liberal arts college students, and the most interesting thing that’s popped out at me so far is that not only do the students not use technology in the space of the classroom, that’s ok with them. More on this later.

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