We did a quick straw poll in the first year introductory lecture today, asking the students what technology they had brought with them to university. Very roughly, the numbers were (out of ~270 students):
~75% had their own computers:
~40% had smartphones
This represents pretty much a continuation of a straight line increase over what we have seen in the past few years, although smartphones are above the curve. What do we do with this information? Force them to use Blackboard.
For comparison: Cardiff School of Dentistry Year 1 Undergraduates 2011/12