Mobile devices are becoming more integrated in the classrooms than ever, and it’s not projected to slow down anytime soon. Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization, conducted its 12th annual Speak Up Research Project recently. They surveyed teachers and students from more than 8,000 schools and 2,600 school districts to gain insight on how these devices are impacting education.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 45% of surveyed administrators say blended learning initiatives have yielded positive results
- 24% of surveyed students say they would prefer if all their courses were online
- 27% of surveyed high school principals say they are not yet offering online course
- About 3 of 4 of surveyed students said that “Every student should be able to use a mobile device during the school day for learning.”
According to Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow,
We hope by highlighting the views and values of today’s students, especially those students who are living a digital learning experience, this year’s report stimulates new discussions around the effective use of digital tools, resources and content to support student learning.”
This year, nearly half of teachers (47%) said their students have regular access to mobile devices in their classrooms. Among high school students, 58% said they now use their own mobile device at school to support learning activities. While mobile devices can certainly become distracting to students during school, Project Tomorrow’s research also infers that they can be very supportive learning tools.