Here are some interesting statistics about the growth of mobile computing. From a recent post by LukeW on networked device ownership:
- 85% of Americans own cell phones but only 59% have personal computers.
- 75% of teens own a cell phone.
Meanwhile, The Unofficial Apple Weblog recently linked to a Nielsen survey citing that 31% of kids 6-12 and would want an iPad as their next gift and 29% would want an iPod Touch. Both of those devices are rated higher than gaming devices such as a Nintendo DS or a PlayStation Portable and much higher than a Wii or Xbox 360.
Kids today clearly have a preference for mobile devices.
Link: Mobile Learning at a Tipping Point
Story summarizing findings presented by Project Tomorrow at the Speak Up conference held on October 29, 2010. The study shows that student access to mobile technology in the classroom has tripled in the last three years. Also, 62% of parents surveyed said they would purchase a mobile device for their students if they were allowed to use them in school. The full report is available, but it requires registration on their Blackboard site.
Report from the Canby School District in Oregon showing early positive results from its 1:1 iPod project. They are seeing significant improvements on reading and math tests in classrooms that have iPod Touches.