Is Putting Expensive Technology In Classrooms A Recipe For Disaster?

We have a good friend who is known for breaking every iDevice he has ever had. He is an early adopter and bought the very first iPhone on the first day it was available. And several months later, he was buying another one. At full price. Because he had dropped his and it was irreparably broken.

We rib him a lot for this (and it is well deserved – that wasn’t hyperbole when I said he has broken every iDevice he has owned – probably in the neighborhood of 15-20 devices), but as it turns out, he isn’t far away from being the norm. Damage is one of the biggest concerns from teachers and adminstrators when planning to deploy iPads in the classroom. We often talk about the importance of teaching your students how to handle their class devices carefully, having a clear and reasonable acceptable use policy, and the best super tough iPad cases to protect the investment. That said, it turns out that kids and teenagers don’t break as many devices as adults to. The handy infographic below takes a look at some statistics surrounding broken devices. It was created by a company that fixes devices and wants to encourage you to repair them rather than replace, but it is pretty interesting all the same! Keep reading to learn more.

Who Broke The Technology?

  • California, Kansas, and New York have the most repairs
  • 89% of devices are sent for repair by the head of the household (HoH)
  • 78% of Macbook repairs were sent by HoH
  • 58% of iPad repairs were sent by HoH
  • 17% of iPod repairs were sent by HoH
  • 43% of iPhone repairs were sent by HoH
  • Businessmen are most likely to use and drop their iDevice
  • Most iDevice repairs are from customers 35-54 years old
  • 70% of customers don’t have children
  • 60% of customers are male
  • 90% of customers own a home