Understanding Pre-Teen Tech Use

Understanding Pre-Teen Tech Use

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Understanding student technology use goes a long way in helping schools and districts find the best ways to engage students in learning. To give you some insight into pre-teens' tech use, Pearson spoke with Canadian students in Grade 7 and 8 to learn which technology devices they use most.

 

top 4 tech devices used at home. mobile phone = 47%. computer = 28%. tablet = 16%. TV = 6%

top 4 tech devices used at school. mobile phone = 57%. computer = 20%. SMART board = 14%. tablet = 9%

Both at home and at school mobile phones are the number one device used by all students.

 

48% of girls use a mobile phone most at home.

36% of girls use a mobile phone most at school.

41% of boys use a mobile phone most at home.

69% of boys use a mobile phone most at school.

Even when you break it down by gender, mobile phones are still the top device used by boys and girls both at home and at school.

 

35%

of grade 7
girls

use a
mobile
phone

most
at school

38%

of grade 8
girls

use a
mobile
phone

most
at school

Infographic of girl thinking while holding mobile phone in one hand

It's a tie!
In grade 8, the
same 38%
said they use
smart boards
most at school

For girls, the top technology used at school changes only slightly when broken down by grade level. Mobile phones still topped the list but were tied with smart boards when it came to the top devices used by girls in grade 8.

52%

of grade 7
boys 
use a
mobile
phone

most
at school

100%

of grade 8 
boys

use a
mobile
phone

most
at school

Infographic of boy thinking while holding mobile phone in one hand

For boys, whether they're in grade 7 or 8, mobile phones were still the number one device they use at school. But almost twice as many grade 8 boys (100%) report they use mobile phones most often at school.

 

Implications for educators

You have so many factors to weigh when deciding which technology and content will work best for your students. But it's helpful for education leaders to know which technologies are readily available and most familiar to students when it comes time to assign digital homework, choose digital content, provide extra help for struggling students and engage students in everything from personalized learning to STEM activities. We hope you can use this information to support student learning at your school.

Source: Pearson Canada independent research