London, U.K.- August 30, 2013 -- Just three years after its launch, the iPad is now set rival desktop and laptop as the de facto teaching technology platform for British students, according to a recent survey by Netop, a classroom management software company.
The survey of 207 educators across the UK was completed in June 2013. It explored the current and future role of traditional classroom technologies, such as desktop and laptop PCs, against emerging tablet technologies, such as the iPad.
While the survey found that the vast majority (96%) of schools still use desktop and laptop PCs, it also revealed that iPads have already penetrated almost half (48%) of schools across the UK.
Such rapid adoption of iPads within the education sector looks set to increase further. When asked what classroom technologies they would invest in during 2014, 65 percent said they would invest in iPads – almost exactly the same as the number (66 percent) investing in desktop and laptop PCs.
Supporting this growing trend, over a quarter (27 percent) said they also planned to invest in other tablet technologies next year. By comparison, just 14 percent of respondents planned to invest in the Mac Book, despite it being used in over a quarter (25 percent) of schools today.
According to Kurt Bager, CEO at Netop: “The iPad, indeed the tablet computer in general, has gained remarkable parity with desktop and laptop PCs in the education sector, and within a stunningly short space of time. These findings indicate that at some point in 2014 tablet usage, led predominantly by the iPad, will rival the use of desktop and laptop PCs.”
The impact of tablet technology in the classroom has become a global phenomenon. In the US, more than 4.5 million iPads have been sold directly into the education sector. Globally, this figure rises to eight million – almost ten percent of all iPads sold worldwide. Currently, the US is slightly ahead (50 percent vs 48 percent) of the UK in terms of iPad adoption in education. Meanwhile in Thailand every school child is automatically issued with an iPad.
The survey also asked educators what was the main thing they wished they could do with their classroom devices. The most popular (50 percent) feature requested by educators was the ability to have students share their screen with the whole class. The second most requested feature (23 percent) was for the teacher to share their screens directly with their students.
Bager said: “Screen collaboration between teachers and students reflects the fact that when you publicly recognise and reward excellent individual work you actually give the whole class an incentive to do a better job.”
On the back of these findings, Netop’s newest version of its Vision and Vision Pro classroom management software now allows teachers to demo from their PC to student iPad and Android tablets via its Vision Student app.
Using the app students can easily join a Vision or Vision Pro class. Educators can share their PC screen with student iPad and Android tablets, use annotations during demos and presentations to focus student attention, and ensure privacy with password-protected class set-up.
For more details visit: www.netop.com
About Vision Pro version 8
Version 8 of Vision and Vision Pro is available at no extra charge to existing customers who have a current Advantage programme as of 23 April, 2013. Netop offers affordable campus licensing options for those new to Vision and Vision Pro – a Vision campus license for a school of 2000 students, for example, is £2699 or £1.35per student. For more information, visit www.netop.com/classroom-management-software/products/netop-vision.htm.
Netop develops and sells market leading software solutions that enable swift, secure and seamless transfer of video, screens, sounds and data between two or more computers. The company has two business areas: Customer Service and Education.
Used by half of the Fortune 100, Netop’s customer service solutions, including secure remote access and live chat, help businesses provide better customer service, reduce support costs and meet security and compliance standards. In Education, Netop is the world leader in classroom management software, helping teachers in 75 countries make teaching with technology easier and more effective.
Headquartered in Denmark, Netop employs 130 people and has offices in the United States, Great Britain, China, Romania and Switzerland. The company sells its solutions to public and private clients in more than 80 countries. Netop Solutions A/S shares are listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange OMX. Read more at: www.netop.com.
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