How Do Students Use Smartphones?

Online flashcard company StudyBlue says that students who use their phones to study are more likely to track their studying progress than students who use only desktop study tools. On top of that, according to the company’s data analysis, smartphone studiers are more likely to study more (“40 minutes more per week”) because they’re engaged with their phones all the time.

The when-do-you-use-your-phone data (19 percent of respondents “often” use their phones “while in the bathroom”) is from the University of Colorado’s Digital Media Test Kitchen and doesn’t really relate to studying directly. Other stats in the infographic below comes from comparing StudyBlue’s mobile-app usage to its web-app usage, and it’s from that analysis that the company

StudyBlue’s likely to say that smartphone studying is the way of the future, but that’s not to say it’s not important information for educators to be aware of. Exact percentages may vary, but it seems to be an established trend that smartphone users are almost always connected, so why not find ways for them to connect to educational materials?

How do students use smartphones infographic

From StudyBlue.com via @edudemic, a look at educational smart-device use.

As a smartphone user myself, I often use my device to read “on the go” — including in grocery store check-out lines and just before I fall asleep. I also connect it to my car stereo to listen to podcasts before bed. Still, the iPhone is just a tool — it’s “educational” because I’m using it to access interesting (to me, at least) and informative online content.

I’d love to hear from instructors their take on the smartphone constant-use trend or the idea of smartphone studying.

We found this infographic via Edudemic.

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Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at acgarrison@mccneb.edu.

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2 comments on “How Do Students Use Smartphones?
  1. ccogar says:

    Smartphones will continue to change the learning universe. Laptops will become passé as Smartphones become more powerful and displace tablets as the preferred device. As we’ve said, “A Smartphone is a small wireless-enabled computer that happens to have a phone in it!”

    • Alex says:

      I think we’ll soon get to the point of “device agnosticism” — in how software is written, and in how users approach devices. A computer is a computer is a computer (but mine fits in my pocket).

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