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.


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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