A survey by the Verizon Foundation (yeah, I didn’t know there was one either) gives some insight into how middle school students are using smartphones in the US.
Here’s the relevant quote. (H/T csmonitor)
The national survey of 1,000 students in Grades 6 through 8 found that:
39 percent use smartphones for homework.
26 percent use smartphones at least weekly for homework.
31 percent use tablets for homework.
29 percent of those with household incomes under $25,000 use smartphones for homework.
Hispanics and African-Americans are more likely than whites to use smartphones for homework, at 49 percent, 42 percent, and 36 percent, respectively.
While it is still well less than half, you have to keep in mind that smartphones have only really been around for about 5 years. Also keep in mind these are middle school kids. I think the stats are pretty amazing.
Of course this would be good news except for one other tidbit of info in the survey.
Among the middle-schoolers surveyed, 88 percent said they are not allowed to use smartphones for learning purposes in school, and 68 percent said the same about tablets.
I think this is a generational thing. School will change to adopt these new technologies once the middle schoolers become the next generation of teachers. Either that or students will go elsewhere to learn.