Students with Internet-backed devices


As students across the nation return to school, broadband-backed devices are playing an increasingly important role inside the classroom and at home.
How are students tapping into these important learning tools?
As any parent can tell you, kids love touchscreen devices. And Nielsen’s quarterly Connected Devices Report found that during 2013 more than three-quarters of tablet-owning parents (78%) let their kids under age 11 play with tablets in their homes. The majority of these parents (54%) said their children use tablets for educational purposes. What’s more, among those who don’t let their kids play with tablets, 20 percent said they would if there was more educational content on them.
Outside the home, today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever. Many schools are even replacing heavy textbooks with tablets that students can use to expand their education both in the classroom and back at home.  Students who use tablets are interested in this concept too, as 71 percent said they’re interested in accessing textbooks on their tablets.
Some of the more popular classroom activities among connected device owners over the age of 13 while using tablets include searching the Web (51%), reading books (42%), taking notes (40%) and completing assignments (30%).
Demand for E-Textbooks. Among students who use tablets, 71% express interest in accessing textbooks on their tablets - a trend that digital innovators are working to tap into.
In-Classroom Activities. During the first quarter of 2013, Nielsen found that 51% of tablet-using students at school use these devices to search the Internet; 46% access email; 42% read digital books; 40% take notes; and 30% complete assignments. These tools are used for more interactive capabilities too, including social networking (25%), instant messaging (23%), and creating presentations or documents (12%).
Parents Encourage Tech. 78% of tablet-owning parents let their children under the age of 11 engage with tablets at home – with 54% saying their kids use them for educational reasons.In addition to these findings, the types of educational tools many parents are providing their kids in this digital era. From laptops to tablets to smartphones, these Internet-backed devices connect students of all ages with interactive lessons, educational videos, savvy apps, and a world of information. It’s a modern toolbox that is equipping students with expanded educational options.


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