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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

Teachers

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.

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