Project Tomorrow's Speak Up Survey gives a good snapshot of how students across the country are using digital technology in and outside the classroom.
Well this seals the deal for me-- laptops are so last century, mobile is 21st C. --Lou
Excerpt: "...The 2013 results represent more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country. Respondents included 325,279 students, 32,151 teachers and librarians, 39,986 parents, 4,530 district administrators and, new to this year’s survey, 1,346 community members.
1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices
According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. “If there was any doubt in our mind that we were beyond the tipping point in terms of kids carrying a computer in their pocket, backpack or purse,” she said, “we’re there.”
Specifically, said Evans, 89 percent of high schools students have access to Internet-connected smart phones, while 50 percent of students in grades 3 through 5 have access to the same type of devices. High school student access to tablets tops out at 50 percent and laptops come in at 60 percent. In addition to personal access, the survey found about a third of students have access to a device (typically laptops or tablets) in their school..."
2. Internet Connectivity
3. Use of Video for Classwork and Homework
4. Mobile Devices for Schoolwork
5. Using Different Tools for Different Tasks
6. Paying Attention to the Digital Footprint
7. An increased Interest in Online Learning
8. Gaming is Growing, and the Gender Gap is Closed
9. Social Media in Schools
10. What Devices Belong in 'The Ultimate School?'
Read more at http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/02/03/10-Major-Technology-Trends-in-Education.aspx?Page=2#Pb8gP8szx2fhOJw1.99