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Adoption of BYOD to Accelerate K12 IT Infrastructure Spending in the U.S.: A Report

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FREMONT, CA: Technavio, a market research company, announces the outcome of its latest research report on investments of K-12 IT infrastructure spending in the United States, stating that the K12 IT infrastructure spending in the U.S. is expected to reach over USD 15 billion in revenue by 2019.

The report titled ‘K-12 IT Infrastructure Spending in the US’, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging trends.  The K12 education system in the US is adopting a Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) approach as there are insufficient funds in schools due to budget restraints; schools are encouraging their students to bring smart devices, such as laptops and tablets to school.

Schools in the U.S. are investing significantly towards their IT budgets for implementing cloud-based solutions. Cloud computing accounts for about 40% of the total IT budgets in US schools. Cloud computing solutions reduce IT costs in schools by providing flexible IT solutions. As a result, schools have been able to save between 21% and 26% of their overall IT costs. This trend is anticipated to significantly augment the K-12 IT infrastructure spending in the U.S. over the next four years. Other contributors for increase in K-12 IT infrastructure spending are:

Increasing demand for personalized learning solutions

The shift from traditional schools to personalized digital classrooms in the U.S. is increasing, where students can share information and knowledge with the help of technology. Students are widely adopting e-learning systems by subscribing to online modules that make the curriculum available on the go.

This demand for personalized learning is predicted to significantly boost investments in advanced computer systems and information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure over the next four years. As the popularity of the K-12 infrastructure increases in the U.S., it is likely to witness a big boost in government support over the next four years.

Increasing number of digital schools in US                 

 The number of digital schools in the U.S.  increasing exponentially according to a survey conducted by the Center for Digital Education. Schools are adopting a one-to-one laptop facility and flipped classroom instructions. District administration is also taking initiatives to digitize the primary education system to connect student, faculty, and parents and provide a digital learning environment.

Digitization is also predicted to help educators gain real-time insights into student performances with the use of digital and online dashboards. Over the forecast period, many schools will introduce K-12 students to advanced technologies such as drones, robotics, and 3D printers as a part of the ongoing digitization process.

Upsurge of MOOCs in K-12 education

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are different from classroom learning, as students can gain access to educational resources across the world by connecting online with experts online. MOOCs in K-12 provides hybrid education through a combination of technology and classroom teaching methodology with the help of numerous learning programs.

MOOCs are currently being provided by reputed institutions such as MIT and Harvard. Many other institutions in the US are anticipating to also dispense education through online platforms for primary and high schools, leading to a trend.

 “The K-12 education system in the US is encouraging bring your own device (BOYD) movement, mainly within districts that don't receive sufficient funds to invest in education due to tighter budget constraints. With the help of BYOD, schools are encouraging their students to bring smart devices, such as laptops and tablets to school. This initiative is also encouraging students and teachers to use more educational applications on their mobile devices for improving learning processes,” says Amit Sharma, a lead industry analyst at Technavio’s department for education and technology research.

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