SOURCE: Simba Information

Simba Information

March 16, 2011 09:50 ET

Survey Reveals 75% of PreK-12 Students Use Mobile Technology in the Classroom

STAMFORD, CT--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - A nationwide survey of PreK-12 information technology coordinators and administrators reveals that 75% of students are using mobile technology for educational purposes in school. The survey, conducted by MCH Data and Simba Information, further reveals the primary driver for implementing mobile technology is to raise student engagement. The results of the survey will be detailed in a webinar on March 22, titled "Going Mobile in the PreK-12 School Market."

Student usage of mobile technology for educational purposes has been piloted with resounding success in the past three years, notably increasing student engagement and raising test scores. The survey finds near-equivalent usage of mobile devices for both small group activities and whole class instruction covering a broad range of subject areas.

"Students are using mobile technology for a range of subjects, including mathematics, sciences, social studies, English language, arts and reading," notes Kathy Mickey, senior analyst at Simba Information and a featured speaker for the webinar.

As for the purchasing process, nearly 25% of those surveyed do not know where funds for mobile technology stem from and 33% do not know where to expect funds for future purchases. These findings correlate with the primary factor curbing mobile technology adoption: the lack of money. Additionally, the survey found educational software programs to be the leading content accessed by students using mobile technology, closely followed by open source, web-based educational content.

The survey includes topics ranging from student usage, implementation plans and primary use by grade level, to disciplines and types of content most often used on mobile devices, as well as how school systems are funding technology purchases. The survey results will be presented in more detail in the March 22 webinar "Going Mobile in the PreK-12 School Market." For more details and to register visit:

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