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Looking to the Future: Digital Content Use Growing in K-12

Posted by admin on 4/14/14 11:00 PM
Topics: digital content, retail technology

For the past eight years, Blackboard has partnered with Project Tomorrow to conduct a nation-wide survey of students, teachers and administrators about the use of technology for education. This survey is a great way for college stores to gauge how the next generation of college students are using digital content and technology in their educational experience and how that might impact them when the reach their college years. These students could soon be your customers and, as the survey reveals, expect you to provide the digital learning experience they've become accustomed to. Take a look at a summary of the survey results, as reported by Blackboard, then view the complete Speak Up Survey results for additional insights.

According to Project Tomorrow, key findings of this year’s report include:

  • 89% of 9-12 graders have access to a smartphone; 66% have access to a laptop; 50% have access to a tablet; and 39% have access to a digital reader
  • Around one third of students (31% for grades 3-5, 31% for grades 6-8 and 33% for grades 9-12) indicated they have access to a school-provided device
  • Of those students with access to a school-provided device, 75% of students grades 3-5, 58% of students grades 6-8 and 64% of students grades 9-12 can take the device home
  • 42% of students use mobile devices to communicate with peers/teachers
  • 43% of students use mobile device to access online textbooks
  • 40% of students take online tests using mobile devices
  • 32% of principals say students are not allowed to use their own devices within the district, down from 52% in 2010
  • 41% of principals say they will allow students to use their own devices at school this year, up from 22% in 2010

Interested in learning more about digital course materials and how you can provide them to your students? Contact us to learn how we can help!

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