Kids headed for class these days are using far more than pencils and paper. Nearly half of students in Grades K-8 are using tablets as learning tool, according to a study by American Express.
Although 48% of very young students are using tablets, the number isn’t quite as high for those in high school: 43%
Given their popularity with children, parents are increasingly putting these devices on their shopping lists. About 15% of parents with school-aged children plan to buy a tablet for their kids this fall, up from 7% last year.
“Items like pencils, notebooks and crayons are completely ‘old school’ on parents’ shopping lists,” said David Rabkin, SVP U.S. Consumer Lending Products, American Express. “Instead, they’re investing in the latest technology to help them learn, and we expect technology spending for back-to-school to only continue to increase in the years to come.”