Tablet Computers in 70% of Schools

According to research, almost 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use tablet computers.

The study, which is commissioned by education technology charity Tablets for Schools, looked at a representative sample of 671 state and independent schools.

One of the ways in which the study found that young people are immersed in technology at school and home is through the rapid growth of tablet computers in the classroom.

According to the research, 68% of primary schools and 69% of secondary schools are now using tablets. Many pupils also reported that they took an internet connected device to bed with them to continue social media conversations.

Researchers also found examples of much more intensive use of technology in schools; with 9% providing an individual tablet for each pupil.

Between 2014-16 the number of tablet computers in schools is expected to rise from about 430,000 to almost 900,000.

Dr Clarke, formerly of the University's education department, says it's not possible to make a definitive connection between tablet computers and improved results in schools, however she also said head teachers had reported a positive impact.

She added: "The type of device might change, but it's not going to go away. It will almost seem ridiculous if some of them are not using technology."

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