Grade 6-12 students' use of digital learning tools for learning by subject U.S. 2019

According to a 2019 survey, the only subject grade 6-12 students predominantly used digital learning tools for learning was computer science/information technology, with 66 percent of students surveyed stating that they used digital learning tools for the entire class. All other subjects surveyed 10 percent or less on the same metric.

Note the time students spend learning for a subject with digital tools was differentiated in the survey from the time teachers spent teaching with digital learning tools. For almost all subjects, the time spent teaching with digital tools was higher than the time spent learning.

Usage of digital learning tools by grade 6-12 students for learning in the United States in 2019, by subject

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

January 29 to March 25, 2019

Number of respondents

2,696 respondents

Special properties

teachers, principals, district administrators, and students at K-12 public schools

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Total survey respondents: 3,210 teachers, 1,163 principals, 1,219 district administrators and 2,696 students. Only students in grades 3-12 were surveyed.
The survey uses a broad definition of digital learning tools, including websites, apps, online tutorials, online games and videos or programs used to teach and support student learning and schoolwork.
Original question: "On a typical school day, how much class time do you yourself spend using digital learning tools to learn for each of the following classes? (All of class, About half of class, Less than half of class, No class time at all)."

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