Research & Forecasts

Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hours a Day on Mobile Phones

The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS.

Research: Teacher Evaluation Regs Still Need Rebooting

A non-partisan research and policy organization has found that while most states require the inclusion of student growth and achievement to be factored into teacher and principal job evaluations, figuring out how to implement that is a challenge.

Parents Say Tech is Mostly Good; the Count is Out on Social Networking

Parents worry more about maintaining their kids' privacy of personal information than they do about their children's performance in school, social relationships, health, technology use or behavior, according to a new survey from the Family Online Safety Institute.

Research: Empathy Helps Kids Learn

The empathy a teacher shows a child in the classroom may help them do better on their school work. In fact, researchers in Finland are examining what role empathy plays in that country's high PISA scores.

Internet of Things Devices To Grow 30 Percent in 2016

The number of "things" connected to the Internet will grow 30 percent from this year to next, according to market research firm Gartner, to reach a total of 6.4 billion, a total that will balloon to 20.8 billion by 2020.

Report: Privacy Elusive in World Linked by Mobile and IoT

An annual report published by the Georgia Institute of Technology examined the emerging cyber threats for the coming year, among them: ever-shrinking personal privacy, lackadaisical security considerations in the Internet of Things and a dearth of trained experts to stay on top of cybersecurity considerations for organizations.

Lack of Affordability Still Dogs District Broadband Goals

Education IT leaders still consider affordability the main obstacle to securing "robust connectivity" for their schools, according to the latest Consortium for School Networking Infrastructure Survey.

High Stakes Computer Testing Reaches Tipping Point

For the first time ever, most states will be giving their end-of-year, high-stakes tests in elementary and middle school via technology other than pencil and paper.

Tablet Shipments Decline for Fourth Straight Quarter

Global tablet shipments declined in the third quarter of this year, marking a full year of contracting sales for the devices, according to a new report form International Data Corp.

Online Charter School Students Lag Behind Peers in Math and Reading

Outcomes for students attending online public charter schools are failing to keep pace with those of their peers in traditional public schools, according to a new three-volume report released Tuesday.