Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Drill Down: Getting to the Bottom of Vital Industry Data

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Drill Down: Getting to the Bottom of Vital Industry Data

Article excerpt

THE INTEGRATION OF MOBILE DEVICES is cited by many observers as the next transformative development in technology in education over the next decade (see "2020 Vision," p. 35). If given the opportunity, students have numerous ideas for how they would put a mobile device to use to help them with their schoolwork.

HIGHLIGHTS

* To look up information online is students' most widely seen academic use of mobile devices.

* Only about half as many middle school students as high schoolers say they would use a mobile device to take notes or record classroom lectures.

* High school students are less interested than middle school students in playing educational games on a mobile device.

How would you use a mobile device to help
with your schoolwork? (Multiple answers allowed.)

                                                   Students   Students
                                                    Grades     Grades
                                                     6-8        9-12

INSTRUCTIONAL USES

Look up information on the internet                  63%        71%
Take videos of class presentations or                48%        37%
  experiments to study from later
Access online textbooks                              44%        48%
Play educational games                               44%        31%
Take notes or record lectures so I can refer to      29%        56%
  them later

PRODUCTIVITY USES

Communicate with classmates (via e-mail, IM,         58%        64%
  text, or chat)
Receive reminders or alerts on my cell phone         55%        58%
  about homework and tests
Work on projects with my classmates                  53%        55%
Organize my schoolwork                               48%        53%
Learn about school activities                        41%        44%
Communicate with teachers (via e-mail, IM, text,     39%        52%
  or chat)
Share and edit calendars, or organize bookmarks      39%        30%
Create or share documents, videos, or podcasts       36%        42%
Coordinate calendars with classmates or share        33%        37%
  bookmarked websites
Upload or download information from my teacher's     30%        40%
  website and/or the school portal

(Sample sizes: grades 6-8, 94,148; grades 9-12: 61,208)

Data courtesy of Speak Up 2009. … 
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