If a new report is indeed correct, the use of Chromebooks in US schools has reached a major new milestone. The research firm Futuresource Consulting claims that Chromebooks now take up half of all classroom devices in the US.
According to what the firm told CNBC:
So far this year, Google's Chromebooks make up 4.4 million of the 8.9 million devices sold to schools and school districts K-12. Put another way, every school day 30,000 new Chromebooks are activated in schools.
By comparison, just one percent of all education devices in the US were Chromebooks in 2012, just three years ago. Chromebooks have taken off in the education market, according to Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder, because of their low cost for schools and their easy management features:
"Chromebooks have the perfect value proposition for education: They're easy to manage, secure, can easily switch between users, and are cost-effective. Plus, a great deal of educational content and software has been optimized for web-based delivery," said Gownder."