iPads are still the apple of educators' eyes, but Google Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular in the classroom.

Schools purchased more than 1 million Chromebooks budget laptops that run Chrome OS in the second quarter of 2014, Google announced on Monday.

The announcement reflects a larger trend among educators looking to bring low-cost laptops into schools to help facilitate learning. HP also recently announced it would bring to market a budget Windows laptop for $199, and $249 laptops from Acer and Toshiba were announced, giving Microsoft Windows machines direct competitors to Chromebooks.

Chromebooks' growth in the education sector isn't entirely surprising. Schools are looking for low-cost devices, and Google's cloud-based services such as Google Docs and Drive are free and cut down on software upkeep.

In an official Google blog post, David Andrade, the CIO for the Bridgeport Public Schools district, detailed why his team selected Chromebooks (models from Samsung, Acer and HP) to serve 23,000 students in Connecticut.
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