A recent survey report concerning the state of the education market notes its prevalent adoption of computing devices. Desktops, laptops, and tablets all make a strong showing, and in particular, the market's demand for tablets has caused researchers to predict that demand in the coming school year will nearly double from 2013-2014.
Education Market Research collaborated with Simba Information to conduct a study of the tablet market within K-12 schools. Their report, "National Survey of Tablet/Mobile Device Usage”, shows that there are approximately 13.2 million computing devices in schools. That breaks down to 4.7 million desktops, 3.9 million laptops, and 2.3 million laptops. Although the number of tablets in that breakdown is admittedly lower than the number of other devices, Dr. Robert M. Resnick, president and principal researcher for Education Market Research, notes that spending on tablets has shown impressive ratings and is expected to continue to rise.
"When we look at the average tablet spending cited by our survey respondents, and extrapolate to all schools and districts, we estimate that around 1.9 million tablets were bought in the 2013-14 school year. And the average expected increase in tablet spending in the 2014-15 school year is 8.6 percent. At that rate, the number of installed tablets in 2014-15 will nearly double compared to 2013-14," Resnick said.
The research marks a strong showing for Google and says that Chromebooks have passed the one million units mark and are expected to continue to sell widely in the years to come. Children are reportedly learning well on all represented devices. Even desktops, as dated as they may seem, have their purpose in the classroom. Educators who participated in the study remarked that students are learning best on devices specifically tailored to the needs of the task. Therefore, desktops are better than laptops and tablets for some tasks, but laptops and tablets may excel in other areas.
TMC has also indicated that the cloud computing is growing within the educational market. Including K-12 and higher education, a recent MarketsandMarkets report shows that global cloud computing is predicted to expand from $5.05 billion in 2014 to $12.38 billion by 2019. Desktops, laptops, and tablets can take advantage of cloud resources, and educational systems can save money and increase collaboration by providing students with the correct tools they need to learn. School administrators can also take advantage of the cloud by using cloud-based programs to handle enrollment, process financial data, and back up sensitive school-related information.
Edited by Adam Brandt