Posted by: crudbasher | November 10, 2011

The Smart Phone Generation

Another day, another study. Seriously, doesn’t anyone in higher education actually teach anymore? Just kidding, this is some good work. 🙂

This study talks about the amount of media our children are being exposed to in their most formative years. In some of my past posts, I have talked about how huge companies like Google and Apple see it as critical to put an Internet device in the hands of everyone in the world. Not only that, but they understand that you can create future customers by getting them in school. This study is a status report on how that is going.

The other thing that jumped out at me was 27% of low-income families have a smart phone. Considering that this type of phone didn’t even exist 10 years ago that is amazing. As the cost/performance ratio keeps dropping, I expect that number will be close to 100% in 5 years.

Make no mistake, this is a massive change in our students. Asking them to turn off their phones and listen is a strange experience for them. You can argue if this effect is good or bad, but you can’t deny something is changing. Are schools going to ignore this? Can they?

What this means is that when a school proudly puts an interactive whiteboard in their classroom, all the students will take a picture of it with their smartphones and post it on Facebook. 🙂

(H/T Creative Sardine )

    • Fifty-two percent of children ages 5-8 use smart phones, video iPods, iPads, or similar devices, and four in 10 2- to 4-year-olds use the same devices, according to a new national study on young children’s use of media.

      Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America [2]” documents young children’s use of new digital media [3] devices such as iPads or other tablet devices and mobile apps, along with older media platforms such as television, computers, and books.

    • Despite the proliferation of new technologies and platforms, television continues to dominate children’s media use. Among all children up to age 8, an average of one hour and 40 minutes is spent watching television or DVDs in a typical day, compared to 29 minutes reading or being read to, 29 minutes listening to music, 17 minutes using a computer, 14 minutes using a console or handheld video game player, and 5 minutes using a cell phone, video iPod, iPad, or similar device.

      Even among infants and toddlers, screen media use dwarfs time spent reading. In a typical day, zero- to 1-year-olds spend more than twice as much time watching television and DVDs (53 minutes) as they do reading or being read to (23 minutes). And some young children have already begun media multitasking—23 percent of 5- to 8-year-olds use more than one medium “most” or “some” of the time.

    • In addition to the traditional digital divide, a new “app gap” has developed, the survey suggests. Among lower-income children, 27 percent have a parent with a smart phone, compared to 57 percent for higher-income children. One in 10 lower-income children has a video iPod or similar device in the home, compared to one in three (34 percent) upper-income children. And just 2 percent of lower-income children have a tablet device such as an iPad at home, compared to 17 percent of higher-income children.

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  1. […] screen, they should do so while using educational apps that enhance learning. Another blog post at Education Stormfront calls this the first study of the generation of students who literally grew up with smart phones […]

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