Global shipments of personal computing devices, an education market category including desktops, notebooks, and tablets, are expected to continue a slight decline, according to an August forecast from the International Data Corp.
IDC projects personal computing device shipments will drop from 435.1 million units in 2016 to 398.3 million in 2021, which represents a five-year compound annual growth rate of -1.7%.
What about the pattern of deployment of personal computing devices in U.S. K-12 classrooms? The place to find answers to that question is Simba Information’s newest publication Deployment of Desktops, Laptops & Chromebooks in K-12 Schools 2017.
Looking Ahead in K-12 Education Technology
The total base of installed base of desktops, laptops, and Chromebooks in K-12 classrooms increased 13.3% from 2014 to 2016 with the growth driven by a steep increase in the number of Chromebooks.
Deployment of Desktops, Laptops & Chromebooks in K-12 Schools 2017 also provides information about the computing device brands most often purchased or leased for use in K-12 classrooms. Dell is the most popular brand for both laptop and Chromebook computers, according to the educators surveyed for the report.
Additionally, the report provides a look forward at how surveyed educators see the future of educational technology in classrooms. A majority of educators believe that Chromebooks and tablets will be primary classroom devices, with laptops a smaller factor in the future of K-12 education technology.
The data gathered for Deployment of Desktops, Laptops & Chromebooks in K-12 Schools 2017 comes from a nationwide survey of educators during the 2016-2017 school year. For a look at other reports generated from the same survey data, visit Simba Information’s reports, Deployment of Tablets/Mobile Devices in K-12 Schools 2017 and Deployment of Display Technologies in K-12 Schools 2017.