Schools will have more tablets than they do computers by 2016

October 31, 2011
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Piper Jaffray’s Tablets in the Classroom study saw the researcher question 25 educational IT directors, all of which said that they were using iPads in their schools.

This statistic contrasted sharply with the popularity of Android, as not one single school reported that they were testing or deploying Android tablets.

“Within the next 5 years, our respondents expect to have more tablets per student than they currently have computers”, said analyst Gene Munster. The report claimed that the number of students per PC is currently 10:1 in US schools, but expects this to drop to 6:1 for tablets by 2016.

The research firm found that the iPad is preferred over computers in the classroom because it provides more individual learning, and revealed that nine school technology directors expect to have one tablet per student within five years, with two schools already doing so.

Apple’s outgoing head of retail, Ron Johnson, said today’s students could be “the last generation with backpacks” and Munster highlighted familiarity as reason for Apple’s rise in the classroom.

"We see a trend in education (which is mirrored in the enterprise) that familiarity with Apple devices among students (or employees) is causing a demand pull within institutions to provide Apple devices”.

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