I came across this interesting article about Apple's market share in U.S. Classrooms. To me this does not seem surprising. Regardless of what some hardware manufacturers (and die hard fans) would like people to think, research shows that it does not matter which device you use. What matters is what you use the device for.
When comparing iPads to chromebooks, the main advantage is price. Chromebooks are well under the price of an iPad. Combine that with what schools uses these devices for and the Chromebook wins. Both devices serve the same functions such as
- Accessing school materials online through online gradebook and CMS/LMS
- Word Processing, Presentation Building, and Spreadsheet creation
- Audio/Visual learning tools
- Record and edit audio/video
- Complete online/state assessments
- and more
Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life.
Over the last three years, Apple’s iPads and Mac notebooks — which accounted for about half of the mobile devices shipped to schools in the United States in 2013 — have steadily lost ground to Chromebooks...