College students and high school seniors say tablets will replace textbooks within five years

The Pearson Foundation today announced results from an online survey, which revealed that college students and high school seniors believe tablets and other mobile devices will transform learning.

The Pearson Foundation’s Second Annual Survey on Students and Tablets revealed that 63 percent of college students and 69 percent of high school students believe that tablets will effectively replace textbooks within the next five years.

Over the last year, the survey found that tablet ownership has tripled among college students (25 percent vs. 7 percent in 2011) and quadrupled among high school seniors (17 percent vs. 4 percent in 2011).

More than one-third of college student respondents and one-quarter of college-bound high school seniors intend to purchase a tablet in the next six months; this includes 46 percent of tablet-owning college students who plan on buying another tablet, as well as one in five first-time buyers (both college students and high school seniors).

The most popular tablet among tablet-owning college students is the iPad (63 percent), followed by the Kindle Fire (26 percent) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (15 percent).

Digital readership has been on the rise since last year’s survey, when more college students preferred print over digital. Now, almost six in 10 college students prefer digital over print when reading books for fun (57 percent) or textbooks for class (58 percent).

The Pearson Foundation’s Second Annual Survey on Students and Tablets was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Pearson Foundation between January 9 and 27, 2012. They surveyed 1,206 college students and 204 college-bound high school seniors.

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