Students want more alignment of tech in and out of school

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators digs into how students and teachers are using technology in school and for learning outside of school, and comes up with some interesting insights about the pervasiveness of tech use.

A quarter of students in grades 3-5 and a third of students in grades 6-12 report using a mobile device provided by their school in class. This trend is more pronounced in Title I schools. Still, as tech use proliferates, digital equity has risen to the top as a concern for district leaders. Forty-six percent of district technology leaders say student access to the internet outside of school is one of the most challenging issues they face.

The report also highlighted the popularity of digital learning games among both teachers and students. A quarter of teachers surveyed said they’re integrating digital games into their teaching. Twenty-five percent of students report playing an online game outside of school specifically to learn something. And contrary to the stereotype, girls love video games too, with 37 percent of middle school girls reporting they play games regularly on tablets. The number of girls equals boys in mobile game play as well. The differences lie in the kinds of games each gender favors, with boys still dominating massively multi-player online games.

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