Increasing Numbers of US Student Laptops

Chart of Laptop Use

As you can see in the numbers above, we had a bumper crop of home-owned laptops brought to OES this week for Upper School finals. The only technical issues we had were minor problems with printing, which were almost entirely resolved by the proctors having students email or jumpdrive files to a school computer for printing.

To put these numbers in perspective, during the Fall 2004 finals, we had 177 computers in use, of which 87 were laptops brought from home. Of the home laptops, 76% were PCs and 24% were Macs.

During the Fall 2005 finals, we had 203 computers in use, of which 97 were laptops brought from home for Upper School finals. Of the home laptops, 54% were PCs and 46% were Macs.

During the Fall 2006 finals this week, we had 247 computers in use, of which 128 were laptops brought from home. Of the home laptops, 61% were PCs and 39% were Macs.

If I’m reviewing the data correctly, we had an increase in home-owned laptops from 2004 to 2005 of 11.5%. The increase of home-owned laptops from 2005 to 2006 was 32%. Also, for the first time ever, there were more home-owned laptops in use than school-owned computers.

Next year, a majority of incoming ninth graders will be from our 1:1 laptop program in the Middle School, and they will have the choice of bringing a laptop from home, borrowing a laptop from us, or just using desktops around the Upper School. We won’t always have increases of 32%, but we expect increases to continue.

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