Students shift to mobile devices

The 2012 Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets found that students’ purchases of iPads and other tablet devices is increasing rapidly, that students find those devices useful for education and that their acceptance of digital textbooks is growing. A quarter of students surveyed now own a tablet compared to 7% a year ago. A majority of college students and high school seniors believe tablets will replace print textbooks within the next five years.

Apple CEO Tim Cooke reported that Apple sold more iPhones in 2011 than all the Macs it sold in 28 years.

Should educators be thinking about formatting educational materials for mobile devices and planning academic activities that take advantage of the multimedia capabilities of smart phones and tablets?

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Author: Lynne O Brien, Ph.D.

Lynne O'Brien is Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services for Perkins Library at Duke University. She works with faculty, librarians, campus IT planners and academic technology groups around the country to develop programs to support the use of technology in teaching and research initiatives. Her interests include strategic planning for libraries and for academic technology, open access and open source educational materials and mobile learning.