There’s been a lot of talk about how iPads are terrific for the classroom. Heck, we’re giving 3 away to teachers. But what about the more standard laptop? Is there still a place for the usual piece of hardware in the classroom? I think there is (for now) and that it’s worth checking out the new upgrades to Google Chromebooks right now.
The Big Difference
Google just gave a big refresh to their line of netbooks. The ‘Chromebook‘ now boots up in 8 seconds, is even simpler to use, and has a lower price. It’s a simple and cheaper way to get more students onto the web. Sure, it doesn’t have multi-touch gestures but it does have a physical keyboard, trackpad, and access to the Google App Store. There are hundreds of educational web-apps in there right now, too.
I have played around with a Chromebook a few different times over the past couple of months and I can definitely say it’s easier to use than any other laptop out there. It’s built for people who don’t need all the bells and whistles found on most notebooks.
Chromebooks vs iPads
The real question now is: if you had the money to procure 10 iPads or 15 Chromebooks, which would you choose? Assuming you had to spend that money on edtech hardware, would you spend the money on something different entirely? Weigh in down in the comments or review the Chromebook in the new Edudemic Directory to have it reviewed and rated by fellow educators!