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Mobile Learning Snapshot 2015

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Speak Up 2015 Findings

415,686 Students in Grades K-12

How do Grade 9-12 students use mobile devices to help with learning in class?

  • 58% Look up info online
  • 51% Take photos of assignments
  • 50% Use educational apps
  • 35% Take notes
  • 26% Read e-books or online articles

Best device to write a report, take an online test or create a presentation? Grade 6-12 students say the laptop!

Is it important for students to use a laptop, Chromebook or tablet in class for learning? Yes, say…

  • 49% of K-2 students
  • 66% of Grade 3-5 students
  • 75% of Grade 6-8 students
  • 76% of Grade 9-12 students

38,613 Teachers

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

  • Yes, most students are using their own devices or we have devices for students who don’t have them (17%).
  • Yes, our school assigns devices to students for their use at school (20%).
  • Yes, our school assigns devices to students to use at school and at home (12%).
  • Yes, I can check out devices to use in my class as needed (31%).
  • No, my students do not have regular access to mobile devices (31%).

1/3 of teachers want more PD to support mobile learning, including how to identify mobile apps and how to use devices within instruction.

40,218 Parents

52% endorse the idea of parents providing students with a device to use at school.

64% say they would pay an annual fee to support technology at their child(ren)’s school.

What are the benefits of mobile learning?

  • Greater access to online textbooks (69%)
  • Extends learning beyond the school day (56%)
  • Increases student engagement (55%)
  • Improves teacher-parent-student communications (54%)
  • Learning is more personalized (45%)

Parents are mobile users too!

  • 94% own smartphones
  • 70% own tablets
  • 5% own smartwatches

4,536 Administrators

46% of principals say it is very important that students have access to mobile devices to help with schoolwork at school.

23% of principals report that they have incorporated student-owned devices into instruction with positive results – with 12% considering doing this in the upcoming school year.

How likely are you this year to allow students to use their own mobile devices for instructional purposes at school?

  • 61% currently allow students to use their mobile devices.*
  • 11% are planning to allow students to do this.*

*data from high school principals only


Source: Speak Up 2015 Research Project for Digital Learning Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 505,676 students, parents and educators nationwide. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.

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

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