How Does Access to Technology Increase Student Engagement?

Results of a Two-Year Study with Chicago Public Schools

The results from a two-year study assessing the impact of mobile devices on teaching and learning are here! The Making Learning Mobile 2.0 study, sponsored by Kajeet with funding from Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative and Project Tomorrow, takes an in-depth look at the impact of 1-to-1 tablet implementation, including Internet access outside the classroom.

“We wanted to evaluate how access to these devices for communication with teachers and classmates increases comfort with technology, extends the learning day, and allows students to develop digital citizenship skills within a safe and secure learning environment,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “During the second year of the study, we were interested in learning how the teachers would integrate the devices into instruction and how that integration would help the students develop stronger research skills.”

Key Findings:

  • The school-issued tablet increased at-home Internet use by 53%.
  • The teachers felt more comfortable assigning reading and writing homework because the students all had home Internet access.
  • 60% of the students agreed their reading increased because of their personal access to the tablet and Internet.

Of the 127 Chicago Public School 5th grade students participating in the study, 93% were considered low-income and over one-third did not have Internet access at home. The students and their four teachers were provided with Android Tablets using Kajeet Education Broadband for Internet connectivity. To learn more about the results of this study, register for our webinar on Wednesday, February 18th at 4 p.m. ET.

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