Recent research has revealed that 89% of students access their smartphone within 15 minutes of waking. Will this type of data affect how you communicate with students?

An amazing 89% of students have accessed information on their smartphone within 15 minutes of waking up, while for 74% checking their phone in the first thing they do. Statistics like this reveal how powerful a communication tool the smartphone is. Should more emphasis be being put on smartphone use over tablets in education? How will you use this information to communicate better with your students?

A quarter of the time a student spends on their smartphone is spent on Facebook. Most schools block access to Facebook, but could we instead be leveraging this as a way to encourage learning outside of the classroom?

It’s interesting that the infographic below splits up “type of smartphone” by manufacturer rather than operating system. While 27% of smartphones are sold by Apple, the vast majority of the remaining 70% run Google’s Android. This gives a far more useful view of compatibility of content and apps on student smartphones.

Does information like this change your perception of mobile technology in the classroom?



About Author

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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.

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