If you’re a teacher or a parent, or just someone who has ever gone out in public and seen teens and preteens, you know this: young people are obsessed with their mobile devices. I’ve personally seen everything ranging from toddlers glued to their parents phones in restaurants, bewitched with the latest and greatest cartoon-babysitter to surly teenagers ignoring whatever it is their parents have to say in favor of basically anything their phone has to offer.
There are all sorts of statistics out there on just how popular mobile is. Word has it that 40% of online shopping was done on mobile for 2013’s Black Friday. Apps are in and web is out, but we all know that shopping, Snapchatting naughty photos and liking photos aren’t all that one can do with a mobile device.
Education giant Pearson has conducted pretty extensive survey of students in grades 4-12 about their use of mobile devices – both in and out of the classroom. So if you’re looking to tap the power of your kids’ interest in their phones, take a look at the data and see what’s really going on when all you can see is the back of heads.
What students are really doing on their mobile devices
- 81 percent of students agree that using tablets in the classroom lets them learn in a way that’s best for them.
- 79 percent of students agree that tablets help students do better in class.
- 66 percent of elementary students and 58 percent of middle school students regularly use a tablet. In 2013, 52 percent of elementary school students and 43 percent of middle school students reported that they regularly used a small or full-size tablet.
- While 75 percent of high school students regularly use a smartphone, only 42 percent of high school students regularly use a tablet at home or school.
- More than half of students (54 percent) in grades 4-12 already own a smartphone.
- 51 percent of elementary and 52 percent of middle schools students own a tablet, but only 36 percent of high school students do.
- Eight in ten students report using a laptop to do school work during the school year.
- About half of the students surveyed have used tablets or smartphones to do their school work during the school year (49 percent and 47 percent, respectively).
- 71 percent of elementary school students, 67 percent of middle school students and 56 percent of high school students would like to use mobile devices in the classroom more often than they do now.
- A majority of students across all grade levels (51 percent) feels that it is important for their schools to provide them with a laptop on a 1:1 basis.
- 43 percent of students feel that it is important for their schools to provide them with a tablet 1:1 –- with half of elementary (53 percent) and middle school students (48 percent) feeling this way compared to a third (34 percent) of high school students.