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iPads & Chromebooksin K-12 Schools

  • ID: 2421210
  • Report
  • February 2013
  • Region: United States
  • 40 Pages
  • Galvin Consulting
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With the proliferation of mobile devices throughout the general population, it is natural for teachers, students, administrators and parents to look for extensions of these tools for K-12 classrooms. While desktop computers and computer labs have been around for decades, it has only been within the past three-to-four years, and the past 12 months especially, that mobile devices have gained a foothold in the education market.

In this report, we outline the changes underway in US K-12 classrooms with regard to mobile technology. In particular, we highlight Apple's iPad and Google's Chromebook as two potential devices that schools may wish to consider in their mobile technology selection process. The study details key success factors that are critical when introducing mobile technology into K-12 schools, including infrastructure, device management, software updates, technical support, deployment and management, and pricing/total cost of ownership. Additionally, we highlight Apple and Google's unique approaches to the K-12 education market in terms of the applications they offer, their security and malware protection, and likely future plans for both vendors in this market.

The paper concludes with an assessment of the capabilities offered by Apple and Google in the education market, along with recommendations for success based on discussions with education leaders who have successfully deployed iPads and Chromebooks in their schools and districts.
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Paradigm Shift

Key Benefits of Mobile Technology in the Classroom

Mobile Device Infrastructure: The Key to Success

Mobile Device Management: Cheap is Good, Free is Better

Software Updates and Technical Support

Deployment Management

Pricing and Total Cost of Ownership


Key Similarities and Differences of iPads and Chromebooks in K-12 Education

Apple iPad
- Background
- iPad Apps
- Apple’s Recent Initiatives in the Education Market
- Managing iPads and iPad Education Apps
- iPad Security
- Future Plans

Google Chromebook
- Background
- Managing Chromebooks
- Web-based Focus
- Google Apps for Education
- Chromebook Security
- Meeting Most of the Needs of Most of the People
- Future Plans

iPad and Chromebook Capabilities Comparison

Recommendations for Success for Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Background and Methodology


No Unauthorized Distribution

About Galvin Consulting


Contact Information
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- Acer
- Adobe
- AirWatch
- Apple
- Auburn School District
- Cambridge
- Cisco
- Council Bluffs Community School District
- DK
- Duke
- E.O. Wilson Foundation
- Fond du Lac School District
- Google
- Grace Lutheran School
- Gumdrop
- Hapara
- Harvard
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- HP
- Intel
- Khan Academy
- KIPP LA Schools
- Lenovo
- Maine Learning Technology Initiative
- McGraw-Hill
- Meraki
- Microsoft
- MobileIron
- Netflix
- Oxford
- Pearson
- Prey
- Rosetta Stone
- Samsung
- Stanford
- State Educational Technology Directors Association
- Stoneware
- Zeeland Public Schools
- Zenprise
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