A new study conducted by Grunwald Associates and Learning First Alliance in association with AT&T has revealed that 50% of parents believe schools should make use of mobile devices in education. The study, titled, Living And Learning with Mobile Devices highlights the perceptions of parents of a mobile generation, from preschoolers through high school-age students.
- The vast majority of children at all grade levels—preschool (pre-K) through 12th grade—have access to an array of technology at home, including mobile devices
- Most children use many types of mobile devices—and they use them often
- Parents’ attitudes about mobile learning differ, depending on children’s grade level and gender
- Majorities of parents believe that mobile devices and applications offer fun, engaging ways of learning, connecting and communicating.
- By high school, half of all students (51 percent) carry a smartphone to school with them every day
- Sixteen percent of all K–12 parents, and almost one in four parents of high school students (24 percent), report that their child’s school allows students to use family-owned mobile devices in the classroom—often called a “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach
- More than half of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education
- Parents aren’t waiting for schools to make the move to mobile learning
- Girls are more likely than boys to use many types of mobile devices
The study defines mobile devices as wireless handheld devices that use Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G to connect to the Internet, many of which use an operating system such as iOS, Windows or Android, and can run various types of apps. Examples include smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and the iPod Touch.