Platform Wars in the Classroom
"This is a real battleground," says Mike Fisher, Futuresource’s associate director of educational technology. At stake: the roughly $43 billion worldwide market for educational hardware and software, which is expected to double by 2020, even as the global PC market declines and tablet sales slow. And the significance extends beyond the classroom. If students develop familiarity with an operating system at an early age, or so the thinking goes, they will prefer it in their future professional lives.
It's still fascinating to me how a giant market like the education sector is, at least in Austria, completely falling behind on technological innovation. In the US, it seems like there is a platform war between some of the biggest corporations on this planet (which leads to fairly good technology for the customers, i.e. students & teachers) and in Austria, we are still upgrading computers from Windows XP to Windows 7. Technology is a part of our world and schools too often make the mistake of thinking that they are not a part of the real world. They are. And as such, they have to embrace technology, not avoid it.