Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

A survey of U.S. school districts points to a 6 students per tablet ratio compared to a 10-to-1 ratio for PCs.

Apple's iPad is gobbling up mind share in the educational market, according to a Piper Jaffray survey.

Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, surveyed 25 technology directors in U.S. school districts and all of them were testing or deploying iPads. In the next five years, these directors also said that they will have more tablets per student than computers.

Munster acknowledged the sample is small, but there isn't a huge population of IT decision makers in education either.

Among the key findings:

  • No respondents said they are deploying Android tablets. Apple has an edge because it has a long history in education and students know the company's products.
  • 44 percent of respondents saw tablets as a personalized learning too.
  • 48 percent saw tablets as a primary way to access information.
  • These districts have 10 students per computer, but expected to have six students per iPad in the next five years.
  • 64 percent said that managing iPads in bulk was a challenge.
  • Only 20 percent said that cost was a hurdle for iPads.