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Survey: Most parents support mobile learning devices

A majority of parents overwhelmingly think that mobile apps, mobile content, and technology in the classroom promote positive learning habits and yield benefits, according to a new survey released on May 2.

“Living and Learning with Mobile Devices: What Parents Think About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning,” from Grunwald Associates, the Learning First Alliance, and underwritten by AT&T, surveyed 2,392 parents who have 4,164 children between the ages of 3-18.

Most children in preschool through 12th grade have access to different technologies at home, and this includes mobile learning devices:

  • Seventy-eight percent of parents said someone in their family owns a laptop or portable computer, and of that group, 52 percent said their child uses the device.
  • Twenty-four percent own and eReader and 11 percent of those children use the eReader.
  • Forty-six percent of parents own a tablet and 34 percent of those children use the tablet, with 47 percent using it daily, 46 percent weekly, and 7 percent less than once per week.
  • Seventy-seven percent of parents own a smart phone and 43 percent of children in smart phone-owning homes use the devices. Sixty-five percent of those children use the smart phone each day.

Slightly more than half of all students (51 percent) carry a smart phone every day by the time they reach high school, 28 percent of middle school students bring a smart phone to school each day, and 8 percent of students in grades 3-5 do the same.

(Next page: How much technology are students using in the classroom?)

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