The advancement of mobile technology has led to the observation that children are now learning to swipe screens before they can tie their shoelaces.
A recent report from the International Data Corporation found that the number of tablet computers in US schools doubled in 2011-12. And in the UK, the British Educational Suppliers Association is predicting a similar rise.
The growth in tablets and smartphones has also created a market for educational apps, used by parents and teachers. A report on the educational content of Apple's App Store by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in New York City, which promotes digital education, found that apps for children aged 5-11 featured heavily among the best-sellers.
The report also recommended that standards should be created for products marketed as educational; consumers should be prepared to pay a price that allows developers to build high-quality apps for children; and academics should explore how to design effective products.
26% of computers in UK secondary schools will be tablets by 2015.
21% of computers in UK primary schools will be tablets by 2015.
What are apps designed to teach?
Early learning - 47%
Mathematics - 13%
Other - 9%
Astronomy - 7%
Foreign language - 6%
Literacy - 5%
Study aid - 5%
Artcreativity - 4%
Geography - 3%