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dc.contributor.authorMissimer, Connie
dc.contributor.authorSteele, Nelle
dc.contributor.authorPruitt, John
dc.contributor.authorLauzon, Julie
dc.description.abstractAs part of an ongoing, year‐long ethnographic study on laptop adoption and usage, selected families, young professionals, and students in Tempe Arizona and the Puget Sound area in Washington State have been given some form of laptop computer, based on activity maps participants furnished to researchers. These 32 participants, 12 of them students, are being followed for one year as they report on their experiences. Preliminary data after one month reveal some surprises: A quarter of the students expressed desire/need for larger font sizes on their laptops; all students receiving a laptop without a CD/DVD drive complained that it depressed some of their mobile desires; and stylishness, even in a larger device, played a prominent role for some students. After initial excitement over Tablet functionality (rotating screen, pen), usage at this stage for the most part entails using the pen to navigate.en
dc.description.sponsorshipMobile and Tailored Platforms, Microsoft Corporationen
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dc.subjectethnographic studyen
dc.subjectlaptop adoptionen
dc.titleStudents on the fly: Preliminary data from a year‐longen

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