Parents press for mobile tech in education

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A new study of how parents perceive mobile learning and devices finds that many want schools to accelerate their use of mobile devices in the classroom.

"Parents with kids in schools that mandate tablet use are significantly more enthusiastic about tablets," Kevin Carman, education marketing director at AT&T, told InformationWeek/Education in a phone interview.

Underwritten by AT&T, the Living and Learning with Mobile Devices Study was conducted by research and consulting firm Grunwald Associates and the Learning First Alliance, a partnership of 16 education associations.

The AT&T study found that more than 50% of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education. Nearly a third (32%) said schools should require mobile devices in the classroom.

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