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Study Finds Students Want More Mobile Learning

Pearson, Harris Poll Study Finds Students Want More Mobile Learning

As mobile learning takes over classrooms across the nation, both teachers and students find using handheld devices makes learning better.

Students from grade 4-12 (90 percent), find that tablets will change the way future students learn, and 89 percent said that using tablets and other technological devices makes "learning more fun," according to a national study from Harris Poll commissioned by textbook giant Pearson Education.

The study also found that 82 percent of students said "I would like to use digital textbooks instead of traditional print textbooks so that I wouldn't have to carry so much on my back."

When it comes to using mobile technology, 79 percent of students said tablets help them perform better in class, and 66 percent of students in grades 4-5, 58 percent of students in grades 6-8, and 42 percent of students in grades 9-12 use tablets regularly, said the study. 

Harris compiled survey results of more than 2,252 K-12 students between February 13 to March 12, 2014. For the report, Harris defined mobile devices as either a smartphone; a tablet; a hybrid or “2 in 1” computer--a mobile device that has the features of a tablet and a laptop, such as a touch screen and a keyboard; or a laptop.

"Most students want to use mobile devices in the classroom more often they do now," the study said. "This is especially true for younger students."

Interestingly, students also believe that they "know more about tablets and other computers than their teachers." According to the results, 56 percent of elementary school school students and 65 percent of middle school students have a greater understanding about mobile technology. 

When students are seen navigating quickly around the latest math app, it's pretty to easy to see how adept they are at mobile.

See the full study. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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