Mobile Learning– Younger & Younger

I have six nieces and nephews under 10 and all of them are avid mobile learners. Some have their own ipads, a couple have other tablets and all of them can use their parents’ smartphones like pros. In fact, my sister-in-law joked that when she’s talking about things with her two boys, THEY tell her there’s never a reason not to know an answer. “Just use your iPhone” they’ll say!

Below find the latest research from PARENTS on early childhood use of mobile devices. The Infographic is compelling in its detail and the full (public) report is available from the download link.

Parents recognize the benefits.

Seventy-one percent of parents say mobile devices open up learning opportunities while, 62 percent say the devices benefit students’ learning and 59 percent say the devices engage students in the classroom. (see infographic below for a comprehensive list of statistics)

Parents are ready for change.

Forty-five percent of parents say they plan to buy, or have already bought, a mobile device to support their child’s learning. (use the download link below for the full report)

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Parents want to collaborate with educators.

Forty-three percent of parents say they need help finding good educational apps for their children.

Gunwald and Associates created the infographic below which also contains other interesting survey results.  What catches your attention about the future or mobile learning as it occurs at younger and younger ages?



Mobile Learning - Parents Thoughts About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning



The Living and Learning with Mobile Devices: What Parents Think About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K–12 Learning (public report) from Grunwald & Associates  is available for download from the link above or from their website at


About The Living and Learning with Mobile Devices Study

The findings are based on a robust, nationally representative survey of parents of children aged three to 18, conducted by Grunwald Associates LLC in collaboration with the Learning First Alliance and with generous support from AT&T. Basic technology ownership and usage data were collected online from 2,392 parents, representing 4,164 children in November 2012. Quotas were set for the core sample population to match the composition of the U.S. population of parents by household income, ethnicity and geographic region. This sample composition also was balanced to match U.S. Census data on child ages and grade levels, based on National Center for Education Statistics data on the population of pre-K–12 public school students. All differences reported between groups of parents in this report are statistically significant at the 95 percent level of confidence (p < 0.05).

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