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Mobile Learning Snapshot 2017
June 2017

435,510 Students Grades K-12

K-12 Student access to mobile devices – personal access

  Smartphones Tablets Chromebooks Laptops
Grade K-2 36% 35% 52% 7%
Grade 3-5 47% 37% 59% 8%
Grade 6-8 77% 50% 60% 11%
Grade 9-12 90% 56% 44% 9%

K-12 Student access to mobile devices in the classroom

  BYOD School Laptop School Tablet Use the library School Chromebook
Grade K-2 6% 7% 39% 38% 35%
Grade 3-5 6% 8% 26% 31% 37%
Grade 6-8 25% 11% 20% 32% 50%
Grade 9-12 58% 9% 9% 27% 56%

19% of Gr 6-12 use a school provided device to access the internet outside of school

How are you using a mobile device for learning at school?

Teacher sponsored activities

  Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Take tests online 50% 49%
Use an online textbook 32% 36%
Watch video made by my teacher 29% 28%
Create documents to share 49% 59%
Collaborate with other students 40% 43%
Play game/take quiz 63% 64%

Student self-initiated activities

  Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Check grades 74% 86%
Look up school or class info 54% 63%
Take notes 39% 40%
Receive reminders about due dates & upcoming tests 39% 47%
Text classmates for help 27% 39%
Email teacher with questions 41% 53%

29,309 Parents

Parents are mobile users too!

95% own smartphones
12% own smartwatches
70% own tablets
35% of parents prefer their child(ren) to have a school assigned device for home and school use
71% of parents say it is important for every student to use mobile devices in school

Meanwhile, 92% of students in grades 6-12 say it is important for students to use mobile devices in class for learning


Are you teaching in a class where your students can use mobile devices?

Teachers say…
Yes, most students are using their own devices or we have devices for students who don’t have them (20%).
Yes, our school assigns devices to students for their use at school (26%).
Yes, our school assigns devices to students to use at school and at home (14%).
Yes, I can check out devices to use in my class as needed (31%).
No, my students do not have regular access to devices (22%).

Benefits of mobile device usage in the classroom
Increases student engagement (75%)
Prepares students for college/work (65%)
Increase access to online content (51% )
Personalizes learning (49%)
Facilitates student collaborations (48%)

1/3 of teachers want more professional development about how to use mobile devices within instruction and identify mobile apps for classroom use

34% say they are already using mobile apps for professional tasks. 52% say they read online articles or books on a mobile device

School Principals

52% report 1:1 device programs for in school use
41% say they are seeing positive academic results from this program
Only 29% have implemented 1:1 take home programs

Implementing competency or mastery based learning assessments

  Already doing this Likely to adopt this policy Unlikely to allow this
2011 3% 17% 65%
2016 26% 27% 36%

School principals’ wish list for new teachers’ skills

Knowing how to use student owned devices within instruction – 31%
Managing a class with 1:1 mobile devices – 45%
Using technology to differentiate instruction – 76%
Using technology for school to home communications – 73%

Source: Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, 2016 Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 514,351 students, parents, and educators from around the world. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow, a global nonprofit organization. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org. Project Tomorrow thanks Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ for their support of Speak Up 2016 and this mobile learning infographic.

Speak Up is generously underwritten this year by the following innovative companies

Apex Learning Blackboard Brain Pop Dreambox Qualcomm Wireless Reach Rosetta Stone Scholastic