Chrome OS gains in the classroom; iOS dominates mobile devices and tablets

Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform, has launched its Kahoot! EdTrends Report, which addresses the latest education tech trends in the U.S. K-12 market. The report says Google is getting a stronghold in U.S. classrooms, with Chrome OS growing quickly on computers, while Apple's iOS dominates on mobile devices and tablets. 

In a survey conducted in May 2017, Kahoot! asked nearly 600 U.S. educators about the devices they and their students use in the classroom. The number device for both was the Google Chromebook.

It had the highest number of users among teachers (44%) and students (46%). A Windows laptop was the second most popular choice among teachers and iPad was second among students. Based on the survey results, Microsoft is still the dominant operating system on computers in U.S. schools among teachers with Chrome OS catching up quickly. 

According to the survey, 42% of teachers said they use Windows for their own computers, while 41% of survey respondents said they use Chrome OS and 15% macOS. Kahoot!’s report also notes that:

Google Classroom/G Suite for Education is the most popular productivity suite in U.S. classrooms.

U.S. educators' biggest incentive to adopt educational technology (EdTech) is to improve student productivity. Their top priorities are: to improve student learning and outcomes, motivate students and encourage more engagement in class.

In the coming school year, U.S. schools will see increased use of digital platforms for teaching, learning and assessment, as well as the rise of personalized learning.

Public school educators in the U.S. are grappling with budget restraints and lack of resources, while private school teachers' biggest challenge is lack of training to understand and adopt new technology.

State-wise, California educators struggle with lack of training and "tech for the sake of tech" and Texas teachers face the challenges of budget constraints on adopting tech and bureaucracy.

Report data has been gathered from the Kahoot! platform used by 50 million monthly active users worldwide, 32 million of which are in the U.S. More than two million K-12 teachers in the U.S. have signed up for Kahoot! and 25 million U.S. K-12 students (about 40% of all K-12 students in the U.S.) use Kahoot! on a monthly basis.