Tablets replace books for kids back at school

1.3 million households with school children are likely to own a tablet

According to Telstra, more than 1 million children will be armed with high-tech devices such as tablets, when they head back to school this week.

Of this one million, the telco claimed 62 per cent of the tablets owners, about 800,000, have purchased at least one tablet for education purposes.

Findings come from The Telstra Connected Tablets Research, conducted online in October 2015. It polled 500 teachers and parents of school children aged 5-17 years old.

A high 40 per cent of households reported they would consider purchasing a tablet for education purposes and 71 per cent of parents felt their child’s education had benefited from tablet access.

Telstra digital inclusion team senior advisor, Shelly Gorr, said parents can encourage their children to become digital creators rather than just consumers of technology, to improve digital literacy and set them up for the careers of the future.

“An emerging trend is the ‘digital maker’ movement, that is, using technology to further explore children’s passions and hobbies, opening up richer digital experiences and new avenues for creativity and expression. This might be digital storytelling or making art, music and video with digital tools.”

“At a deeper level, digital making involves learning about the underlying technology itself, such as learning how to code to create your own website, app or game, or design and 3D print an object,” she said.

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