This Is Why We Need To Start Discussing Android In Schools

The crazy rise of Android is well-documented by Google and most tech blogs. But there’s still a big love-fest out there for Apple and iOS devices. Especially in classrooms and education writ large. But after checking out this infographic, it occurs to me that it might be time to officially usher in the age of ‘Android In Education’ judging by the sheer popularity and number of Android devices currently being used.

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In other words, any BYOD classroom is going to involve a significant number of Android devices. Any 1:1 classroom or district will likely debate integrating Android devices as they’re far cheaper (in most cases) than Apple devices.

What do you think? Has Android officially eaten Apple’s cake or are the numbers misleading and not worth shifting focus away from Apple (yet)?

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Infographic by MBAOnline.com

4 Comments

  1. Marc van Maastricht

    December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    To be honest, this infographic is more a prove of iOS dominance than Android dominance. Especially for education! Because look at it: we’re talking about huge amounts of relatively similar iOS devices: iPhones (and iPods) with only two screen sizes and relatively comparable hardware. The same goes for iPads.
    And most of them have the latest iOS firmware, which makes it predictable: a dream for IT-departments.

    Whereas Android has a myriad of devices. So this huge amount of Android devices is spreaded over a huge amount of different hardware, screen sizes, chip sets, Android skins (not only the completely locked Kindle version of of the popular Fire, but also the skin that each hardware maker is placing over Android). Furthermore, Android is hugely popular in Asia, which count for the raw numbers but does not necessarily add to the adoption in Western countries and education. Also, the Chinese tablets, that you can buy for $70,- at the local toy shop adds to the raw numbers, but these are so extremely bad that you cannot take them seriously for education, unless you want the same frustration as those pc-clone-in-education days.

    And I didn’t talk about apps yet. iOS: only one App Store and you don’t have to worry about viruses or malware.
    Android: anyone can start there own app store and release there own apps, without any regulation, adding the necessity for virus scanners.

    I’m in for competition, new technology and cheaper hardware in education, but not at any price…

    • Poida

      December 16, 2012 at 2:47 am

      Excellent post…on the money! I run mobile learning activity in all my classes (post secondary) and experience nothing but problems with Android devices for all the reasons stated above. Translation: I cannot use mobile learning activity for formal assessments because of technical issues and overall unreliability with both Android devices and their inferior apps, even where apps are available across platforms (ie. Socrative , Blackboard).

  2. melvin

    December 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Lets drop the blinkers and start to realise that e-Learning is going to happen faster than we are ready for it.
    Face to face learning is not apealing to many learners, due to logestic, timetable and raft os many othere facts.
    BYOD ( bring your own devices) to learning places is now a common sense requirement. Laptops are slowely becomming slimmer and tablets have become more handy among universty and high schoolers.

    The Andriod useage buldge will hit the education shore in 2020 and we will see face to face learning shrink to only vocational or hands on trade skills.

    New generation ( those in primary schools now ) will be ” alergic ‘ to f2f or whaitboard or lecture halls or bound by a stringent timetables.
    Once the price of andriod comes down to under $ 100 with educational software, then e-Learning will grow exponencially all over the world. The conventional school buildings will be no more required or expaned any more.

  3. Oliver Smith

    December 14, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Virtualised education is magnificent. Coursera.org allows access to resources of outstanding education value, as does TED, as does my local library.

    Physical schools are still necessary for two reasons. One is integrity. Coursera requires you to tick a box saying ‘This is all my own work’. That’s all they can do to verify identity and monitor cheating.

    Far more important than that, students learn almost their entire approach to life at school. Social skills, discipline, teamwork, communication, planning, reasoning, problem solving. Do we really want our children to learn everything about the world from a screen?

    If used correctly, mobile devices can be an excellent education tool. Nothing more.