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73% of AP, NWP Teachers Say Their Students Use Mobile Phones for Learning

Publication: T.H.E. Journal
Date: February 28, 2013

Summary: David Nagel reports on a recent study, "How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms," by the Pew Internet Project, College Board, and the National Writing Project. The research finds that technology has made significant inroads among teachers but also reveals significant disparities in technology access between upper and lower income schools.


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According to the report, a full 73 percent of AP and NWP teachers surveyed said their students use mobile phones inside and outside the classroom to complete assignments. Another 45 percent said their students use e-readers in or out of class; and 43 percent said they use tablets in or out of class. Sixty-eight percent said their schools provide formal training for teachers on the use of digital tools, and 62 percent said their schools do a "good job" of supporting them.

On a personal level, 93 percent of these teachers own a laptop, compared with 61 percent of all adults in the United States; 39 percent have tablets, compared with 24 percent of all U.S. adults; 47 percent have e-readers, compared with just 19 percent of the overall adult population; and 58 percent have a smart phone, compared with 45 percent overall. . . .

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