Fifty-one percent of responding students in grades 6-8 said they use communication and collaboration tools to communicate with other students for completing schoolwork, and 28 percent use those tools to communicate with teachers. More than 60 percent of high school students use these tools to communicate with other students on schoolwork, and more than 40 percent communicate with teachers in the same way.
Forty-three percent of students in grades 9-12 said their primary method of communicating with friends online is through a social-networking web site.
When it comes to communication and collaboration outside of school, 72 percent of ninth through 12th graders, roughly 65 percent of students in grades 6-8, and almost 30 percent of students in grades 3-5 use instant messaging, eMail, and text messaging to communicate with others.
Of “free agent” learners who use technology on their own for learning, 26 percent of high school students and approximately 17 percent of middle school students sought help from other students via a social network.