MobileFuture-1Now with just about all of the nation’s children back in school took a look at some important trends in edtech and mobile learning. They’ve compiled all this information into a new infographic called “EdTech + Mobile = Learning” showcasing the tremendous promise wireless technologies offer both students and educators.

Although I am a huge supporter of edtech and technology in the classroom, I took a beating on Twitter last week when I brought up a recent study that suggests students retain more when reading actual books than e-books or on devices. The research has done suggests the opposite.

Just a few short years ago the data in this infographic would be startling. As EdTeh continues to take it’s course technology in the classroom is becoming the norm.

Some of the highlights of the infographic include:

  • 43% of all pre-K through 12th grade students use a smartphone.
  • 78% of Algebra 1 students using a tablet scored at least proficient vs. 59% of those using textbooks
  • 6 out of 10 teachers say mobile devices allow them to provide more personalized help to students.
  • 81% of teachers believe mobile devices enrich classroom education.
  • 73% of middle school and high school teachers use cellphones for classroom activities.
  • Educational apps are the second largest category in Apple’s App Store and the third largest in Android’s Google Play.
  • E-textbooks can save schools $250-$1,000 per student each year.

“Wireless technologies are offering students, along with their parents, caregivers and the teachers who instruct them, fresh, engaging and constantly evolving ways of learning about, and examining, the world around them,” said Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter. “With continued investment and innovation in wireless, mobile will continue to transform American education and help ensure all of our young people have the tools they need to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s wireless world.”

Check out the infographic below: