When it comes to mobile technology, our students prefer notebook computers to tablets

During our recent survey of students in grades 4 though 12, we asked the following question: How important do you think it is that your school provides one of the following devices for each student?

Respondents had a choice of either choosing a laptop, notebook or Chromebook device or a tablet computer (such as an iPad but they were instructed that it could be any tablet computer of any size).

The overall response indicated that students favored the notebook-style computer (70.5% very important or extremely important) over a tablet-style device (39.8%).

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Equally as important was the fact that one in five students overall felt the provision of a table computer was not important.

High school students preferred the notebook-style computer over a tablet device by an even wider margin (76% to 34%) while elementary students chose a more even split between the two.  Middle school students had similar response rates to high school.

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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