The era of double-digit growth in smart phone adoption is coming to a close as devices approach the saturation point, which in turn will lead to drops in prices, according to new research. In North America alone, some 200 million smart phones are already in active use — one for about every 2.75 people residing on the continent and about one-seventh of the world's total active devices.
Smart phones running on Google's Android OS will approach 1 billion units by the end of this year, according to a new forecast from market research firm Gartner.
Google's Android operating system is on more than three-quarters of all smart phones that shipped in 2013, with Apple's iOS making up most of the remainder. However, Windows smart phones are beginning to see substantial growth, with 2013 shipments in the tens of millions.
Wisconsin's Green Bay Area Public School District is taking a novel approach to supporting its 1-to-1 Chromebook program. Rather than simply using standard WiFi, the district is providing broadband access via 4G LTE and allowing students to use the network on and off campus.
In 2013, for the first time ever, the number of smart phones shipped worldwide in a year topped 1 billion. That's about one smart phone for every seven human beings alive.
A pair of studies released Wednesday — the first of their kind — found that tablets can make a difference in the learning habits of students.
If we know anything at all about the impact of technology on learning, we know that students must be able to use it when they need it, as long as they need it.
- By Therese Mageau
Smart phones are expected to overtake feature phones in worldwide shipments for the first time this year. According to a new forecast, year-over-year growth in smart phones will approach 33 percent in 2013 and continue strong for the next five years.
President Barack Obama has announced the ConnectED initiative to build high-speed digital connections to the country's schools and libraries. The initiative aims to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet within five years.
The FCC needs to act now to support K-12 and solve the "connectivity access problem." Here's where to start.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway