College student interest in tablets high, ownership low

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Tablet computers aren’t exactly flooding campus lecture halls, as fewer than one in 10 college students own the mobile devices. Still, students are enthused about tablets’ educational potential.

Seven percent of college students said they owned a tablet, and 15 percent said they would buy one in the next six months, according to research published May 24 by the Pearson Foundation.

While tablet ownership on college campuses hasn’t skyrocketed since the release of the popular Apple iPad, most students said they would like to own one. Only two in 10 college students said they had no interest in buying a tablet.

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About 30 percent of high school seniors surveyed said they were “not at all interested” in tablets.

The few students who own iPads, Motorola Xooms, or other tablets, believe tablets can be useful in the classroom and during test preparation, according to the survey.

Eighty-six percent of respondents said the “devices help students study more efficiently,” and 76 percent said tablets “help students perform better in their classes.”

The Pearson survey, which measured student ownership and preferences for digital devices, was conducted in March among more than 1,200 college students and 200 college-bound high school seniors. All respondents were between the ages of 18-30, according to Pearson.

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