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District Officials Favor iPads, Want Apps That Deliver Digital Textbooks

The iPad is the king of the mountain when it comes to school officials' current use of mobile technology, according to a new survey of district officials, who also offered their preferences for the kinds of apps they want to see in classrooms.

More than 80 percent of district technology officials said districts use or plan to use iPads over the next year or two, according to the results released by Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc.

Google Chromebooks came in a distant second, with 31 percent of district officials identifying that tool as the mobile technology they have in place or are planning to adopt. Twenty-seven percent said they are using or will use "mixed technology" supplied by students, as part of bring-your-own-device approaches. Android Tablets were next in line, the choice of 17 percent of respondents.

The results are included in the National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education, which is based on a sample of 558 district technology and media directors, 450 of whom answered most questions. The margin of error was 4 percent.

Interactive Educational Systems Design is a company that provides market research and analysis, along with other services. The results of the survey are included in a report available at a cost, though the company made some of them available to Education Week.

The survey also asked district officials to name the types of apps that would be most beneficial to student instruction, choosing from list of 18 options.

An overwhelming number of school officials, 77 percent, said they see apps that offer digital textbooks as most useful.

Fifty-four percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they wanted apps focused on "student productivity," such as those offering storage of student files, note-taking, and scheduling information.

Apps that offer tools to create things like documents, images, and video were almost as in much in demand, with 51 percent favoring that option, and 38 percent wanted apps for special education.

For more details on the survey results, see the full post on the Marketplace K-12 blog.

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