As smart phone usage rises, applying the devices in education grows imperative. Speak Up
2006 showed smart phone ownership at 9 percent among both middle and high school
students. The 2008 data: 24 percent for middle schoolers, 28 percent for high schoolers.
- Teachers report less ownership of smart phones than both high school and middle school students.
- Smart phone ownership among students in kindergarten through second grade is nearly equal to that of teachers.
- Middle schoolers are more interested than high schoolers in using handheld devices to play educational games.
Do you own a smart phone, such as a BlackBerry or an iPhone?
(Percentages indicate number of respondents who answered yes.)
How would you prefer to use your mobile device for schoolwork?
--Data courtesy of Speak Up 2008, an annual national research project that surveys K-12 students, teachers, parents, and
administrators. Speak Up is produced by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization
providing leadership, research, and programming to support science, math, and technology education in America’s schools.
This article originally appeared in the 8/1/2009 issue of THE Journal.