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Google vs. Apple: Technology Survey Asks Educators About Chromebook, iPad Use

Google vs. Apple: Technology Survey Asks Educators About Chromebooks, iPads

A new technology survey of 2,500 U.S. educators has revealed some interesting findings when it comes to what devices teachers are specifically using to facilitate student learning.

According to the survey from Front Row Education, Chromebook sales are up 15 percent. All in all, 60 percent of surveyed educators said they have access to the device.

While Chromebook use has seemingly been increasing year after year, iPad use is declining.

64 percent of teachers said they have access to iPads, still more than Chromebooks but down from 5 percent from last year.

Two other interesting findings from the survey about the Chromebook vs. iPad debate revolve around what grades and even what parts of the U.S are using the respective devices.

The survey indicates that younger grades are far more likely to use iPads (75 percent versus 54 percent) while older grades are more likely to use Chromebooks (66 percent versus 51 percent).

And while iPad access is more prevalent on the West Cost (67 percent of users have access to iPads versus 57 percent who have access to Chromebooks), Chromebooks are more accessible on the East Coast (71 percent reported Chromebook access while 62 percent reported iPad access).

The technology survey also asked respondents about their general feelings on technology in the classroom.

80 percent said they feel good or great about technology in the classroom while 3 out of 5 teachers said they will be increasing technology use during this school year.

75 percent said they use technology on a daily basis with their students.

"The largest driver of the rise in technology use,” the survey says, "is the increased access to devices.”

"Over 50 percent of teachers say they now have a 1:1 student-to-device ratio, up nearly 10 percentage points over last year. Other factors include the positive results teachers have seen through using technology with their students, followed by expectations from their administration, and access to quality software. “

Read the full survey results here.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

11/17/2016

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