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Lower education spending is a major factor in PC shipments — including tablets — fall 14% to 105 million units in the second quarter of 2022, according to an analysis by Canalysa global technology market analysis company.
Inflation, COVID-19-related lockdowns in China and lower consumer spending are also among the reasons given for the second consecutive quarter of falling shipments.
Chromebooks were particularly hard hit by lower sales in the education sector, with annual growth down 57.4% year-over-year to 5.1 million units shipped in the second trimester.
K-12 schools received an unprecedented influx of federal aid during the pandemic as they transitioned to remote learning amid building closures. As part of this transition, districts invested heavily in laptops and tablets to send devices home with students, and many of those tech tools don’t need to be replaced yet.
A 2022 Consortium for School Networking national survey, conducted in January and February of more than 1,500 K-12 IT leaders, found this 83% of high schools, 86% of middle schools, and 80% of 3rd-5th graders now have 1:1 device programs. That compares to much lower rates of 66% in high school, 69% in college and 43% in K-5 before the pandemic in 2020.
School systems have purchased “a significant amount of devices over the past two years and have enough devices for students for now,” said Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at Gartner, a research and consulting firm, at K-12 Dive.
“Using the devices in the classroom has become common practice, so schools will continue to purchase the devices in the future,” Kitagawa said. “But it will take some time to see growth driven by replacement demand.”