Parents Willing to Buy Mobile Devices for Use in School

Fifty-six percent of parents would be willing to buy a mobile device if their child is required to use it in school, and support for those purchases is strongest among parents of high-school-age students, a newly released nationwide survey finds.

At the same time, a much larger proportion of parents, 78 percent, say that if schools mandate that students use mobile tech tools, schools should be responsible for providing those devices, says the survey “Living and Learning With Mobile Devices.”

The nationwide results offer insights to businesses that wish to sell technology products to schools, and to parents and students, as well a big-picture view of the prevalence of various mobile and portable devices in homes today. It also provides some clarity on parents’ overall views of technology, opinions that are colored with both optimism and caution.

The survey, conducted by Grunwald Associates LLC in cooperation with the Learning First Alliance, examines parents’ views of mobile and portable devices, and of apps. It defines mobile devices to include smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and the iPod Touch, and further defines them as devices that are wireless, handheld tools that use Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G to connect to the web. They can use an operating system such as iOS, Windows, or Android, with the capability to run apps. Portable devices include laptops, netbooks, notebooks, and ultrabooks. <Read more.>

Via Sean Cavanagh, Education Week.