Move over, Angry Birds. It’s time to tackle a math problem.
A new survey finds that about a third of middle-schoolers now use smart phones or tablets not just for entertainment and communication, but also for homework.
Paired with young people’s interest in science, math, and technology, it’s another sign of the potential for digital learning that educators are slowly beginning to tap.
“Most people talk about STEM subjects and technology at the high school level, [but] the critical intervention really should be happening in the middle school, because that’s the age when kids either can get excited about science and technology and math … or they can get turned off,” says Rose Stuckey Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, which commissioned the new survey.
The national survey of 1,000 students in Grades 6 through 8 found that:
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