For the past eight years, Blackboard has partnered with Project Tomorrow to conduct a nation-wide survey of students, teachers and administrators about the use of technology for education, and this year was no exception. On Tuesday, Project Tomorrow discussed the 2013 survey’s findings and moderated a student panel discussion on digital learning in a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

According to Project Tomorrow, key findings of this year’s report include:

  • 89% of 9-12 graders have access to a smartphone; 66% have access to a laptop; 50% have access to a tablet; and 39% have access to a digital reader
  • Around one third of students (31% for grades 3-5, 31% for grades 6-8 and 33% for grades 9-12) indicated they have access to a school-provided device
  • Of those students with access to a school-provided device, 75% of students grades 3-5, 58% of students grades 6-8 and 64% of students grades 9-12 can take the device home
  • 42% of students use mobile devices to communicate with peers/teachers
  • 43% of students use mobile device to access online textbooks
  • 40% of students take online tests using mobile devices
  • 32% of principals say students are not allowed to use their own devices within the district, down from 52% in 2010
  • 41% of principals say they will allow students to use their own devices at school this year, up from 22% in 2010

These stats show the progress districts across the country have made in leveraging technology to improve student outcomes and better prepare students for future learning success. We’re so excited to see—and be part of—this change every day. Click here to see the complete Speak Up Survey results.

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Blackboard’s Autumn Taylor gives opening remarks at the congressional briefing

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There was a thoughtful and lively panel discussion on digital learning with students from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD, areas

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