Current Market Trends
Computing devices, whether desktop PCs, laptops, Chromebooks or tablets, form the foundations of a school’s technology deployment in the USA. As a result, it’s no surprise to see that every school district has adopted devices of some description.
At 32%, spend on computing devices accounted for the largest share of IT budgets in 2020, although this was lower than 2019, which posted budget figures of 36%.
Desktop PCs retain the largest installed base, accounting for 35% of all devices across district schools, yet there is a trend for schools to migrate from desktop PCs to more flexible portable devices. This is more pronounced in smaller school districts, while medium and large school districts have some way to go to catch up with their smaller peers.
Chromebooks are still lagging behind laptops, and have yet to reach the same levels of penetration. There’s plenty of growth left in the market for Chromebooks, both in terms of the number of devices per school and the number of schools using these devices.
With extra funding coming through from stimulus acts, school districts expect to see an average increase of more than 15% in computing device spend over the next two years.
This 75-page client computing devices report is based on interviews with 488 school IT decision makers in the USA. The respondents represent all 50 states, grouped by East Coast, West Coast and Central states.
Understanding the current adoption levels of EdTech in K-12 schools, along with planned investment, is often challenging. This is due to the large number of vendors and the different solutions offered to schools. In addition, the decision-makers and influencers often operate at district level, so CTOs and CIOs do not have the same level of influence typical of other industries.
This report focuses on the current and projected ownership of desktop PCs, laptops, Chromebooks and tablets, as well as the key priorities and obstacles faced.
This client device computing report is one in a series of four reports, with the other three reports covering:
| Audio Visual Devices
| Administration Tools
| Classroom Tools
| 75-page comprehensive PDF report
| Executive summary
| Voice technology in education
| Client device computing - penetration
| Use of devices by students and teachers
| Budgets and priorities
| Client device computing – pricing
| Availability and replacement cycles
| 1:1 initiatives
| Features and priorities
| Device disposal
| COVID-19 response
| Feedback on the current usage of EdTech in schools and planned investment of computing devices.
| Insights into which factors are most important to schools when investing in computing devices and their planned future purchases.
| Barriers to investment are also explored, as well as key methods of procurement.
| EdTech market analysis
| EdTech market size
Futuresource has been tracking, researching and consulting on the global education technology market for more than 20 years. However, since Q1 2020, the pandemic has placed a spotlight on EdTech and the role it has played in keeping children educated. This publication is one in a series of research reports, produced to provide businesses with an holistic view of the market.
Any enterprise operating within the EdTech sector will benefit from this report, particularly:
| Manufacturers and their suppliers
| Resellers and VARs
| Intermediaries and supply chain
| EdTech market strategists, marketing and sales professionals
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