Survey: Tablet Ownership Up Among H.S., College Students

It looks like the “Digital Textbook Playbook” may move things along more quickly than we thought.  ri

The results, released Wednesday, show that tablet owners more than quadrupled among college-bound high school seniors during the past year, with 17 percent surveyed this year claiming a tablet device as their own. It also more than tripled among college students, with a quarter of this year’s respondents owning a tablet. There was no information about the ownership likelihood for high school seniors who weren’t pursuing postsecondary education.

Further, 69 percent of high school seniors and 63 percent of college students said they believed tablets would effectively replace textbooks within five years, a time frame also set as a goal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when they announced the launch of the “Digital Textbook Playbook.” That student belief could be more promising to ed-tech tablet enthusiasts than student ownership statistics, especially if it reflects that schools are receptive to adopting alternative forms of content from traditional print textbooks.

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