The New York times published some startling new facts from the IDC on devices gaining traction in US classrooms.
We have taken out 5 key facts from the article that show the rise of Chromebooks:
1) Devices (desktop, laptop, tablets) shipped to schools in 2014 increased by 33% to 13.2 million systems
2) Microsoft remained in the lead with 4.9 million Windows devices giving Microsoft a roughly 38 percent market share
3) 3.9 million Chromebooks were shipped in 2014 to the education sector, an increase in unit sales of more than 310 percent
4) iPad unit sales for education fell last year to 2.7 million devices, compared to 2.9 million in 2013
5) In the first half of this year, roughly 2.4 million Chromebooks shipped to schools compared with about 2.2 million Windows-based desktops and notebook computers.
The bottom line is Chromebooks are largely responsible for the increase of devices in the classroom. In Southern Africa Chromebooks are in most cases of unheard of. It is time for our schools to look at them more carefully. They are affordable, easily available and integrate fully with Google for Education.
Barbara Sweet, wrote a guest post for SchoolAdvisor and summed up Chromebooks with the following statement: “As both a classroom teacher and technology lead, my goal is to provide students with the skills they need as 21st century learners, and with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education, I have been able to do just that.”