It has been observed that most of the elementary and secondary students are using mobile devices in their studies, either in the classroom or at home. And, according to a new study, the majority would like to be able to use them more in class. These days, most of the schools use laptops and tablets to provide students with easy access to mobile tech. Tasks get easy as these devices help to get the jobs done faster. The use of laptops and tablets, however, has its own advantages and disadvantages, and that depends on how classroom teachers use a certain device.
The study, conducted by Harris Interactive for educational publisher Pearson, polled more than 2,300 American students in grades 4 through 12 (aged 8 to 18) about their use of digital technologies for educational purposes. It is found that only 1 percent of respondents did not use digital technologies for the studies.
The figures even indicated that students use laptops (71 percent) and/or desktops (66 percent). But, substantial portions of the student population are also using less traditional computing devices. Half, according to the survey, use Smartphone’s in their education, either in class or at home (or elsewhere). Only 21 percent are using “full-size” tablets (such as the iPad or Google Nexus 10) while slightly more (23 percent) are using small tablets, such as the iPad mini or Google Nexus 7. Basic e-readers (16 percent) and netbooks (10 percent) were the least-used devices among the respondents to the survey.
It has been noted that in K-12 classrooms across the United States, use laptops and to an even greater extent, tablets are replacing pens and pencils as the accepted “tools of the trade” for students. You already might have come across a classroom that offers one of these devices for the student’s use. And if you are yet to be touched by this phenomenon, the rise of technological use is projected to continue rising in the coming years, and in-class laptops and tablets are the future for schools and is sure to impact your classroom in the not-so-distant future.
By G+ Author: Dennis Tablott.