Elementary, middle and high school students overwhelmingly believe that tablets will change the way they learn in the future (90 percent) and make learning more fun (89 percent), according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll and released today by Pearson.
The survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson, asked 2,252 students how they currently use mobile technology for learning, and how they would like to use it in the future.
The survey found that while mobile device use and ownership is growing among students of all ages, universal access to high speed Internet and 1:1 computing is still a challenge for schools around the country. Only 62 percent of students have wireless access to the Internet at school, versus 93 percent of students who have wireless access at home. Only one in six students (16 percent) attends a school that provides every student with a laptop or tablet.
Among notable findings:
- 81 percent of students agree that using tablets in the classroom lets them learn in a way that’s best for them.
- 79 percent of students agree that tablets help students do better in class.
- 66 percent of elementary students and 58 percent of middle school students regularly use a tablet. In 2013, 52 percent of elementary school students and 43 percent of middle school students reported that they regularly used a small or full-size tablet.
- While 75 percent of high school students regularly use a smartphone, only 42 percent of high school students regularly use a tablet at home or school.
- More than half of students (54 percent) in grades 4-12 already own a smartphone.
- 51 percent of elementary and 52 percent of middle schools students own a tablet, but only 36 percent of high school students do.
The full report is available athttp://tinyurl.com/k73tjxs.