Survey Reveals Digital Trends Vary by Gender
A new report from the Speak Up 2013 survey of students, teachers, administrators and
parents revealed that about 42 percent of girls in grades 3-5 and 37 percent of girls in grades
6-8 said they regularly play games on tablets compared to 38 percent of boys in grades 3-8.
Additional findings presented in the report include:
✱ Girls outpace boys in use of many digital tools for learning, particularly the socially based
tools like texting and collaborating online.
✱ 29 percent of high school boys say that they are very interested in a job or career in a STEM
field, but only 19 percent of girls say the same.
✱ One-quarter of students in grades 3-5 and nearly one-third of
students in grades 6-12 say that they are using a mobile device
provided by their school to support schoolwork (these percentages
were greater among Title I schools than non-Title I schools).
✱ In four years, the percentage of middle school students taking tests
online increased from 32 to 47 percent.
✱ Only one-third of middle school students say that for schoolwork reading,
they prefer to read digital materials rather than printed materials.
✱ Digital equity, including student access to the Internet
outside of school, is a growing concern among district
technology leaders, with 46 percent saying it is one of
the most challenging issues they face today (compared
to just 19 percent in 2010).