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Drill Down: Mobile Devices in Education

Our Special Section on mobile learning ("From Zero to Wireless," "An App For That... and That... and That," and "Why Mobile Is a Must") takes a look at what many expect will be the next revolution in education. As educators continue to weigh the many considerations attached to allowing student-owned handheld devices on campus, Speak Up asked parents what good they think the use of mobile technologies would have on their children's education.


  • Parents see the use of mobile technologies in schools as a means of increasing student engagement (43 percent) and preparing students for the working world (41 percent).
  • The most often-cited instructional benefit is mobile devices' ability to extend learning beyond school hours.
  • Only 12 percent see no significant educational benefit to mobile devices.

What do you think would be the primary benefits of using mobile devices in education?

(Multiple responses allowed.)
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Drill Down - Speak UpData courtesy of Speak Up 2009. Speak Up is an annual national research project that surveys K-12 students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Speak Up is produced by Project Tomorrow, a national nonprofit organization providing leadership, research, and programming to support science, math, and technology education in America's schools. To participate in Speak Up 2010, visit here.