Canada’s smart mobile carrier Mobilicity has released a new survey Mobile Student 2.0, whose findings suggest that smartphones are continuing to play a vital role in education across the country (via Canada Newswire). According to the survey, 56% of Canadians agree that smartphones are an invaluable tool for students with over 66% of Canadians found to use a mobile phone to conduct online research. At the same time, unlimited mobile data plans are playing a key role in driving the student smartphone trend, says Mobilicity’s Chief Customer Officer Anthony Booth.
Detailing from the source:
The findings of the survey align with what Dr. Mark Federman, former Chief Strategist of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto, calls “the emergence of contemporary education and social learning.”
“Not only are we seeing students using smartphones to record lectures, photograph instructor notes and collaborate through cloud-based applications, but some instructors are starting to allow the Mobile Student 2.0 to research items of interest during a lecture or use Twitter to open a back channel of conversation and enhance student participation and engagement,” said Dr. Federman.
Mobilicity is enabling the Mobile Student 2.0 movement in Canada by removing the high costs typically associated with smartphone and data usage thereby helping students easily access contemporary education and social learning through the full functionality of a smartphone.
“There’s no reason why students should fear using their mobile phone as much as they need when they can get unlimited data, talk and text service for less than $1 a day – without a contract or any risk of getting a huge bill at the end of the month,” said Booth.
The survey was conducted online from July 9th to July 10th 2012 among 1,001 randomly selected Canadian adults who are on the Angus Reid Forum.