Survey on Audio-Based Learning with Mobile Devices

Califone released the results today of an online poll asking educators about how much audio students use as part of their learning on mobile devices.

A combined 68.9% of the participants reported their students use audio most of the time for learning using mobile devices.

Audio-assisted classroom learning now includes computers and mobile devices,” shared the company’s Tim Ridgway, VP Marketing. “Teachers create differentiated learning groups around an audio source for students to listen to the audio content during read alongs for example. A jackbox and connected headphones are often used to not disrupt the rest of the class. Mobile devices are a boon for learning, but the collective sounds from all of the devices would be disruptive in a classroom and underscores the need for the isolated soundfields offered by headphones and headsets.”

There were five choices in the survey for teachers to chose from to describe how much audio is used. The segment chosen by the highest percentage of participants (51.1%) reported that audio is used more than 80% of the time.  The second highest choice was for using audio most of the time” (17.8%). The survey did ask about the platform of the device (iOS or Android) nor the type of device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or other), focusing on how much audio is used by students for mobile device-based learning. The online poll did not attempt to break down the type of content either such as watching videos, listening to read alongs or podcasts. The Califone hosted survey was held online for a three-month period ending June 4th, 2012.

Read other poll results about how computer initiatives are driving learning center sizes, the role of technology to prevent hearing loss and the frequency of students chewing on headphone cords.


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