1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices
According to the 2013 results, students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. “If there was any doubt in our mind that we were beyond the tipping point in terms of kids carrying a computer in their pocket, backpack or purse.
2. Use of Video for Classwork and Homework
Video is another tool that has been on the rise in recent years. Teachers are using video in in the classroom.
One-third of students are accessing video online — through their own initiative — to help with their homework. Students are accessing video created by their teachers.
3. Mobile Devices for Schoolwork
According to the 2013 results, students are leveraging mobile devices both to be more efficient in their day-to-day tasks and to transform their own learning processes.
Students are using mobile devices for anytime research, for educational games and for collaboration with their peers. Students surveyed use mobile devices for reminders and alerts related to their academic lives, for taking photos of their assignments.
4. Social Media in Schools
Another set of questions revolved around the place of social media in the school. When showing the data for text messaging, networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and chat rooms, it was clear, the student expectations for the use of these technologies far outpaced those of administrators, teachers and parents.
Today’s students are looking at social media not as a separate thing that you do occasionally but as a pervasive part of the way they are living their lives outside of school —they want to connect with their lives inside the classroom.”
5. An increased Interest in Online Learning
This year’s Speak Up found that students who have not taken an online course are increasingly interested in the opportunity, citing a desire to have more control over their learning and believing that they will get more support from an online teacher.
6. Internet Connectivity
This is an interesting set of statistics showing the ways students generally connect to the Internet when at home. According to the study, students surveyed identify 3G- or 4G-enabled devices as their primary means of connecting to the Internet, with another saying they connect through an Internet-enabled TV or Wii console.
7. Using Different Tools for Different Tasks
With the proliferation of so many tools, it isn’t surprising students are designing “best-fit” solutions for their very specific needs.
Rather than using one or even a few platforms for various tasks, students are increasingly savvy about taking advantage of the benefits of the tools available.
“We find them using video, social media and cell phones for communications; they use e-readers for reading texts and articles; they write, take notes and do research on laptops. But, where does that leave tablets?”
Tablets were the second or third choice device for completing many of the academic tasks students are faced with.
“They like the devices, but they are more focused on using the right tool for the task at hand,” and many times tablets don’t seem to fit.