The Results Are In: Remote Access and Chromebooks Are a Winning Combination for K-12 Education

ILAN PARETSKY on July 26, 2016 | 2870

After conducting a survey of educators and IT professionals representing over 1,500 schools and half a million students, we gained several interesting insights into current mobile technology trends taking place in K-12 classrooms.

Classroom mobility is thriving…

Not surprisingly, almost all schools - over 90 percent - have integrated mobile technology into the learning environment in some form and desktops are slowly falling out of fashion. Respondents indicated that desktops account for only about a quarter of classroom devices and over 80 percent prefer mobile devices -laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks - over desktops for classroom use.

Chromebooks are coming out on top… 

Survey results revealed that, as schools continue to embrace online and cloud-based initiatives - almost three-quarters of respondents’ schools support them in some way - Chromebooks are becoming a popular desktop alternative. In fact, as of now, 62 percent of respondents’ schools support and are already experiencing success with Chromebook initiatives. Additionally, almost a quarter of respondents’ schools use Chromebooks as a primary device - second only to laptops by a small margin.

…but Windows still reigns supreme

Compatibility with Windows-based applications remains an important consideration when making IT and technology decisions. And it’s fairly easy to understand why: over 92 percent of respondents’ schools use at least one Windows application and over a quarter use five or more.

With such a heavy investment in both desktop and cloud-based Windows applications, it’s not surprising that 43 percent of respondents indicated that a dependence on Windows influences their thoughts about deploying browser-based Chromebooks.

So, how can schools take advantage of Chromebooks without sacrificing access to Windows?

Survey says … Browser-based access may be the key.

Browser-based remote access allows students and teachers to access any Windows or other application, regardless of whether the application is desktop or cloud-based, through a standard HTML5 internet browser.

By providing educators and their students with the capability to access the full Windows program suite without downloading any software, browser-based access technology makes it possible for schools to embrace Chromebooks without worrying about their Windows investments. But don’t take our word for it: over 60 percent of those surveyed agree that browser-based access to Windows applications on Chromebooks would make them a viable solution for K-12 schools.

One-to-one and BYOD on a budget

In addition to providing students and teachers with easy access to Windows, other applications, learning tools, and online curricula, our survey found that a combined Chromebook and remote access solution can also benefit K-12 schools by helping them improve device access.

Survey results indicate that the top priority for 46 percent of respondents is giving every student access to a mobile device within the next three years to improve learning. Unsurprisingly, in the face of constant budgetary uncertainty, over half of respondents also indicated that they must keep costs in mind when considering technology solutions.

Browser-based remote access technology can help schools to meet their device access goals by making it possible for students to use their own devices, thus freeing up school-owned devices for others to use inside and outside of school. Better yet, remote access combined with Chromebooks delivers an unbeatable value: schools can feel comfortable purchasing cost-efficient Chromebooks as primary devices without sacrificing any of the capabilities that a fully-loaded desktop might offer.

Our survey has made clear that mobile technology will only become more ingrained in K-12 education and that educators and IT professionals are searching for cost-efficient solutions that enhance learning. Together, Chromebooks and browser-based remote access offer an unparalleled opportunity for schools to increase device access without sacrificing access to the tools that students and teachers need to succeed.

Click to view a comprehensive report of the survey results here. 


We would like to congratulate Jeff Wood on being selected as the random winner of an ASUS C202 Chromebook for his participation in the survey, and to thank all participants for their contribution! 

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Ilan Paretsky

Chief Marketing Officer | Ericom Software

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