Research & Forecasts


PC Market Continues Decline Despite Growth in Mobile PC Segment

Global PC shipments continued their decline in the first quarter of 2015, totaling 71 million units, according to a new report from Gartner. That total represents a 5.2 percent drop compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Report: Use of Cloud-Based Services Places Kids in Range of Tracking and Ads

Legislators and district leaders are the last bastion for protecting students from the third parties that want to profit from access to information about them collected through schools, according to a new report on "student commercialism" funded in part by the Consumers Union.

Report: Schools Should Focus More on Soft Skills

A new study from Wainhouse Research finds that a large minority, 39 percent, of education stakeholders say their schools should be doing a better job of preparing students for the workforce.

Report: Most Americans Support Concepts Behind Common Core

Most Americans support the basic concepts behind the Common Core, even if many do not know what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a new survey from the Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Student Financial Savvy Lacking

This year's " Money Matters on Campus" survey questioned 43,000 college students across institutions in the United States about their money practices for the third year in a row, and the results were eye-popping.

Research: Video Gamers Learn Visual Activities Faster

Score one for gamers. An experiment at Brown University has found a correlation between people who frequently play video games and their ability to retain learning about two quickly learned visual activities.

Adult Education Lagging Way Behind in Tech

While schools have placed a great deal of attention on technology in the classroom, one instructional segment that has been left behind, it appears, is adult education. Although 86 percent of adult education administrators and practitioners said they believe that technology solutions can "effectively support" adult education, only 54 percent of students in those programs always have access on site to computers for instructional purposes. Another 36 percent have only "occasional" access, and the bulk of the remainder have even less, according to a new report from Tyton Partners.

Research: Child Gender Informs Parental Attitudes about Tech

A new study suggests that parents' perceptions about their children's technology use is influenced by the child's gender, the type of device used and perceived educational value.

New Data Tool Exposes Size of Funding Gaps for Students in Poverty

Two weeks after a report from the Center for American Progress explained how a calculation loophole in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) results in Title 1 schools receiving about $1,200 less per student than comparable schools, a new report confirmed the size of the gap from a different angle.

Report: Smartphones To Account for Nearly 4 of 5 Smart Connected Devices by 2019

The combined market for smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1s and PCs will grow from the 1.8 billion units shipped in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019, with smartphones continuing to take the vast majority of market share by the end of the forecast period, according to a new report from market research firm IDC.

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