The ownership of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has grown rapidly. 93% of adults in the UK owned or used a mobile phone in 2014; 66% owned a smartphone. Among children and young people the trend has been to move away from phone to tablet use, although this does depend on the age range in question. Figures from 2013 suggest that in the 12-15 age range smartphones remain more widely used than tablets. 62% own a smartphone with 26% owning a tablet. ‘The use of tablets has tripled among 5-15s since 2012 (42%, up from 14%), and one quarter (28%) of infants aged 3-4 now use a tablet computer at home.’ A move towards using personally owned devices in the workplace and in education has subsequently arisen.
This paper was produced by the NDLF to support an understanding of the research around the use of mobile devices.
In 2012 the Scottish government commissioned Hull University to investigate the use of iPads in schools in Scotland.
Highland Council is engaged in a 1-2-1 Chromebook pilot.
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