New survey reveals 50% of high schoolers own a smartphone or tablet

A new report on mobile learning by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow reveals, rather unsurprisingly, that 50% of high school students and 40% of middle school students either own or have access to a smartphone or tablet; a nearly 400% increase since 2007. The survey, which consisted of 416,000 educators, parents and kids, also found that the number of administrators entertaining the idea of letting use mobile devices in school, and that 62% more parents would buy their child a smartphone or tablet if its purpose was academic.

“Many parents, teachers and administrators are now mobile device users themselves, which has increased their appreciation and understanding for how these devices can support and enhance learning,” said Julie Evans, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow in a statement. “We found nearly 90 percent of parents say that the effective implementation of technology in instruction will positively impact their child’s future. This growing understanding has allowed for an increase in the development of personalized education and a more sophisticated use of technology both in and outside of the classroom.”

More information about the 2012 survey is available here.