Living And Learning With Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices

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.

Key Findings
  • 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.

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