Trends | K-12 Students See a Bright Future Learning With Tablets

Take a look in the backpack of any K-12 student headed back to school this year and you may see a tablet. And, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson, the overwhelming majority of those students believe those tablets will change the way they learn in the future and make learning more fun. The survey asked 2,252 students how they currently use mobile technology for learning, and how they would like to use it in the future. Survey respondents included 501 elementary school (grades 4-5), 750 middle school (grades 6-8), and 1,001 high school (grades 9-12) students. The survey also revealed that while mobile device use and ownership is growing among students of all ages, universal access to high-speed connectivity and 1:1 computing is still a challenge for schools around the country. While 93 percent of students have wireless access at home, only 62 percent have it at school. And, while 1:1 programs are grabbing lots of headlines, only 16 percent of students reported that they attend a school that provides every student with a laptop or tablet. The full report is available at




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