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.
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.
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.
Education could well see major changes to how it's able to deliver learning content to students with this week's ruling by a federal court on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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
In our last blog posting we praised Obama for his vision and leadership in establishing the ConnectED program -- and we excoriated him for not providing new funding to ensure the enactment of the ConnectED program. Ooops! Read on and learn how politics works in Washington -- and how Obama plans, in fact, to add new funding to the ConnectED program!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway