Mobile learning is a popular topic in Australia and around the world. A 2013 survey found that more than half the parents surveyed believed that schools should include more mobile devices in classroom learning.
The Living and Learning with Mobile Devices: What Parents Think About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning report by Grunwald Associates found that parents were also looking to teachers and the schools themselves for technical help surrounding applications and mobile devices that are used for educational purposes.
A 2013 survey by Softlink of 800 librarians across Australia found that one-third of schools encouraged students to bring their own devices (BYOD). Furthermore, Softlink Chief Operating Officer Nathan Godfrey said that BYOD is becoming a major consideration for schools and that Australia has one of the fastest technology adoption rates in the world.
Parents are also encouraged when schools adopt a mobile device management plan for the classroom before they buy a device for their children, according to the Grunwald survey. There was a common belief among parents that mobile devices and apps teach academic content and skills to children and the use of these technologies enable more learning opportunities.
The survey found that 45 per cent of parents surveyed said they have already, or are going to purchase a mobile device for educational purposes and a further 56 per cent would be willing to buy a mobile device for their child if it were needed in the classroom.
The survey involved parents of children from preschool through to 18 and interestingly, parents of children who were in preschool reported that their children already used multiple devices. Another finding of the survey was that girls are more likely than boys to use multiple mobile devices.
The survey gathered answers from 2,392 parents with children between the ages of 3 and 18.