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%).
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.