On September 2015, it was reported that the number of Google Chromebooks used inside classrooms across America are increasing faster than ever. During a company event in San Francisco, the tech giant Google predicted that it will outnumber all other devices used by learners inside the classrooms by the end of 2015. Whether Google has been successful or not with its prediction remains to be confirmed as no official statements have yet been made.
Google is Taking Over the Education Technology Market
Despite this, figures from 2012 to 2014 show how Google has been triumphant in conquering the education technology market, an area that its huge competitor Apple used to dominate. Four years ago, Google’s Chromebooks comprised 1% of devices used inside American schools; in contrast, Apple’s iPads were used by 50% of learners. However, the numbers have changed drastically. According to IDC, an established market research firm, Chromebooks were outselling iPads, with as many as 30,000 Chromebooks being activated each day since September 2014. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, most of these activations were by learners who use the Chromebooks to assist them in their learning inside the classroom.
The Reasons Learners Prefer Chromebooks
With Apple as a strong and dominating force in the education technology market, even before Chromebooks came to be, many are wondering why there’s a sudden change in numbers. This is very easy to predict given the fact that Chromebooks sell for $200 and below, a huge difference from iPads, which are notorious for being costly. Another selling point of Chromebooks is they have keyboards, which make it easy for learners to key in information and navigate if they don’t wish to use the responsive screen. iPads do not have keyboards, limiting learners’ options and leaving them forced to navigate the device by touching the screen.
Furthermore, Chromebooks are very user-friendly. They do not require any additional software to work because they only use the Chrome browser. Learners are also empowered by having access to Google Docs and Google Drive, applications that make their work more convenient and hassle-free. Lastly, Google has recently rolled out Google Classroom, a tool that allows teachers to see the learners’ assignments and provide them with feedback easily using Google’s word processing tools.
Kami for Chromebooks
Learners who work on Chromebooks are also empowered to access the Chrome Web Store, where they can find other tools that can help make the learning process as seamless as possible. One great example is Kami. Kami is a document viewer that allows learners to view, edit, annotate, and collaborate on files with fellow learners and teachers at no cost.
More importantly, learners are able to work even offline, allowing them to finish tasks even if there are issues with the internet connection. Try Kami today and see how it can help simplify your workflow while you’re using your Chromebook.
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