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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Making Learning Mobile 3.0 Report

The Double Bottom Line with Mobile Learning: Closing the Homework Gap and Enhancing Student Achievement

Results of the Project Evaluation Study

The Making Learning Mobile 3.0 study takes an in-depth look at the impact of 1-to-1 tablet implementation, including Internet access outside the classroom, with Chicago Public Schools students. Kajeet, the industry leader for safe mobile student Internet connectivity, and Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit, announce the final results from the three-year-long study on the impact of mobile devices on teaching and learning. The project was sponsored by Kajeet with funding from Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative. 

As part of the project implementation, 85 5th grade students at Falconer each received a Samsung Android tablet for their individual use at school and at home. Each tablet included a 4G LTE enabled education broadband to facilitate off campus student usage. The ability for the students to take the tablet home and have Internet connectivity through that device to class websites and homework assignments was particularly significant. Allowing elementary students to take home school-provided mobile devices, especially with Wi-FI or 4G LTE connectivity, is a growing trend. A key component of the evaluation design therefore had to be assessing the impact of the off-campus access to both technology and Internet-based educational resources to support learning.
Key Study Findings from the Making Learning Mobile 3.0 Study:

  • Use of technology at home increased year-over-year. Sixty-nine percent of the 5th graders used the Internet-enabled tablets every day, at school and home, to support their learning this year, whereas last year, 51 percent of the students reported they rarely or never used technology at home to support schoolwork or homework assignments while in 4th grade.
  • Falconer Elementary students had the highest percentage of 5th graders scoring at or above the national average RIT (Rasch Unit) in math compared to other comparable Chicago schools, according to the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment scores.
  • Within one class of the cohort, the students’ average RIT score in math improved by 11.26 points from the spring 2014 to spring 2015- this was 24 percent higher than the overall 5th grade at the school.
  • Students identified a change in their learning behaviors that resulted in increased learning opportunities. Sixty-eight percent stated they were more likely to complete homework assignments with Internet-enabled tablets and 76 percent said they had a greater interest in learning. 

Download the complete report from both school districts on the Kajeet website at http://www.kajeet.net/downloadmlmreport3.


About Kajeet®
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated solely to providing safe, mobile connectivity for students, is bridging the digital divide in school districts across the country. Kajeet provides an affordable mobile broadband solution that connects low-income students to the resources they need to complete required assignments and projects outside of school. The Kajeet SmartSpot® solution, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot combined with the innovative Sentinel® cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide CIPA-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work and provides off-campus Internet connectivity without worry of data abuse. For more information, please visit us at http://kajeet.net.

About Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm Wireless Reach is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow®, the national education nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering student voices in education discussions, prepared this program evaluation for Kajeet. Project Tomorrow has 19 years of experience in the K-12 and higher education sector and regularly provides consulting and research support to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education institutions about key trends and research in science, math and technology education.

The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.