A survey of technology directors in U.S. school districts found that all of them are testing or deploying the iPad and expect tablets to outnumber computers in the next five years, notes “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray revealed the results of the survey of 25 educational technology directors at a conference on the integration of technology in the classroom. The poll found that all of them were utilizing the iPad in schools, while none were testing or deploying Android-based tablets.
“While this may be expected due to limited availability of Android tablets early in the tablet cycle, we also see it as evidence of Apple’s first mover advantage,” Munster told clients, as noted by “AppleInsider.” “We also 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 also provide Apple devices.”
IT directors who spoke with Piper Jaffray indicated that within the next five years, they expect to have more tablets per student than they currently have computers, notes “AppleInsider.” Since the iPad represents 100 percent of tablets seen in schools, Munster said the word “tablet” might as well be synonymous with “iPad,” the article adds.