Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Mar 2017 11:06 UTC

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, inexpensive laptops that run on Google's Chrome operating system and are produced by Samsung, Acer and other computer makers.

Mobile devices that run on Apple's iOS and MacOS operating systems have now reached a new low, falling to third place behind both Google-powered laptops and Microsoft Windows devices, according to a report released on Thursday by Futuresource Consulting, a research company.

That's got to sting. Out of the many reasons why ChromeBooks are way more successful than iPads in classrooms - they are cheaper, easier to manage, and so on - this is the one you're going to need to remember:

Then there is the keyboard issue. While school administrators generally like the iPad’s touch screens for younger elementary school students, some said older students often needed laptops with built-in physical keyboards for writing and taking state assessment tests.

My oh my, I wonder what Apple could do to remedy this.

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by cranfordio on Fri 3rd Mar 2017 13:55 UTC
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Having worked IT in public schools, and now for a private school, this doesn't surprise me. The district I worked for viewed a computer for only two purposes, browsing the web and typing papers. They never viewed using a computer for anything beyond that like programming, video/audio production, etc. So for them it is about how can they allow students to browse the web and type a paper for the least amount of money and Chromebooks are the best solution.

The private school I work at now, much more than just browsing the web and typing papers is being done. They do programming and video/audio production, but there is also robotics, website development (every student from third grade on creates their own website that they update thought their schooling that has a portfolio of all of their work), magazine publishing, and whatever else the students can come up with. Then there are students that create amazing projects. One group of students made a baseball, that, when thrown or hit, would transmit it's velocity and other information back to a computer for analysis. Another group of students created a fencing area (I don't remember what they are called) that will recreate the entire match on a computer and pick up on millisecond differences in contact. These two projects were done by middle school students just this year.

While we have tried to use Chromebooks they have fallen far short of what our students have come to expect from a computer. We allow students a choice of computers, Mac or PC running Windows, and the Mac is chosen about 85% of the time. Those two projects were both done on Macs, though I know without a doubt they could have been as easily done on a PC running Windows or Linux, but not Chromebooks or iPads.

I guess it really comes down to what the school/district is wanting the student to try and accomplish with their computer.

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