The market research and consulting firm Grunwald Associates LLC will conduct a study to examine the impact of mobile devices for educational purposes. The study will “examine student uses, parent perceptions and family requirements for mobile learning platforms.” The study will be conducted in collaboration with the Learning First Alliance and will have the support of AT&T.
How do K-12 students use mobile devices outside of the classroom? What effect does the usage of mobile devices in a toddler’s life have before that child enters preschool? What are the parents attitudes toward
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of learning? Are parents willing to purchase mobile devices intended for educational purposes? The study aims to answer these questions as an increasing number of districts move to BYOD models for their students and edtech companies produce educational apps, learning solutions and web-based classroom suites that emphasize the use of mobile devices.
“Mobile technology is changing daily life for children of all ages,” says Peter Grunwald, founder and president of Grunwald Associates LLC. “And mobile learning platforms have the potential to engage parents as partners in learning, particularly when BYOD initiatives expect parents to share the costs and responsibilities for their children’s use of mobile devices for learning and school-related activities. Few rigorous studies have explored the fast-changing environment of mobile platforms from the parents’ perspective.”
So when will we get to see the results of this new study? Grunwald’s press release indicated the public report of the findings will be available for the first quarter of 2013. We’re always interested to see new data about innovating learning solutions.