Smartphones a Standard for Majority of Students by High School, Survey Finds
A new nationwide survey reveals the extent to which mobile devices have become an inextricable part of students' and families' lives—while also indicating that parents see potential benefits, and drawbacks, to those technology tools.
Notes that students have remarkable access to mobile devices with smartphones coming in at 77%, just below laptop computers at 78%. The survey also notes the frequency of use which tends to be high for most devices.
Although this year has seen a remarkable increase in sales of tablets, they still fall well behind at 46%, suggesting that students are primarily using smartphones and laptops.
While numbers are high and surely rising, still a surprising 20% indicates a lack of laptop or smartphone. But, the survey does not reveal if the student has one or the other, or neither device. The data does not reveal information on the numbers of students without any form of these technologies in the home.
For example, a given home may have a laptop computer along with any other number of devices. However, potentially 20% of students may not have any access to these technologies. This information is essential in assessing the number of students who may be disadvantaged because they have no access to technology in the home.
As digital devices are increasingly thrust into school life, more research needs to be done to identify where needs lie and which students are being left out.
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Source is Blogs.EdWeek.org
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Before you leave, let us know what your thoughts are on technology in the classroom and home. Are some students disadvantaged by a lack of a mobile device?