Chromebooks, challenging Internet speeds, gaming, and more are part of the life of a middle-school student today, according to new data from Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. Here are some key takeaways from newly released Speak Up data:
● Middle-school students are more likely to use a Chromebook (44%) than their own personal device (25%). They use mobile devices to: do self-directed Internet research (81%), email teachers with questions (41%), and collaborate with peers (40%).
● More than half of teachers (53%) agree the use of technology results in students taking greater ownership of their learning.
● The 17% of students who say they don’t have Internet access outside of school use some of the following strategies to complete their homework: 48% go to school early or stay late; 32% do homework in restaurants or cafes; 30% go to the public library.
● Among middle-school students: 77% have access to a smartphone, 50% to a tablet, 60% to a Chromebook, and 11% to a laptop.
● 71% of parents say it’s important for every student to use mobile devices in school.
● 22% of teachers say their students don’t have regular access to devices in school.
For more information about the research project and how your school or district can participate, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/