Traditionally the choice for school technology departments has been computer labs with Dell PCs or Apple iMacs and before 1999 that was a sea of beige boxes that required a large tech staff to keep up and running.

When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010 things started to change slowly. Innovative school districts embraced the new technology and shared their results with peers at conferences. When the iPad 2 came out in 2011 more schools took the plunge and started integrating their lesson plans with the iPad as a device to expand education and become an another tool in the arsenal of learning. Over time the cost to repair these devices became a problem.

Children with a piece a glass to take home and play with… Some schools that we serviced in 2010-2014 were repairing 5 or more iPads a day. This became a problem and school districts quickly introduced insurance programs and bought more expense cases, however the schools that still allowed their students to take home the iPads had many repairs a week.

Once Chromebooks became a more affordable option in 2013, schools started replacing iPads with them and school without a previous iPad program, saved money by going directly with Chromebooks. By March 2018, Chromebooks made up 60% of computers purchased by schools in the USA.

Overall Chromebooks cost less to repair and offer a faster turnaround time since replacing iPad glass digitizers involves more bench time than replacing an LCD or Keyboard on a Chromebook. Check out or current price list for education:


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The first Chromebooks for sale, by Acer Inc. and Samsung, began shipping on June 15, 2011.[6] In addition to laptop models, a desktop version, called a Chromebox, was introduced in May 2012, and an “all-in-one” device, called a Chromebase, was introduced in January 2014, by LG Electronics.

In October 2012, Simon Phipps, writing in InfoWorld, said, “The Chromebook line is probably the most successful Linux desktop/laptop computer we’ve seen to date”.[7] From January to November 2013, 1.76 million Chromebooks were sold in US business-to-business channels.[8]

By March 2018, Chromebooks made up 60% of computers purchased by schools in the USA. In April 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation accused Google of using Chromebooks to collect and data mine “school children’s personal information, including their Internet searches”, without their parents’ consent, two years after EFF filed a federal complaint against the company.[9]

iPad is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., which run the iOS mobile operating system. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010; the most recent iPad models are the iPad (2018), released on March 27, 2018 and the 11-inch (280 mm) and 12.9-inch (330 mm) 3rd generation iPad Pro released on November 7, 2018. The user interface is built around the device’s multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. All iPads can connect via Wi-Fi; some models also have cellular connectivity.

As of May 2017, Apple has sold more than 360 million iPads