Sunday, October 2, 2011


** Please note that this is a response to this video and the corresponding comments on this blog.

     I have never heard of "Chromebooks" before reading this blog. After doing some research, I have discovered that this is one of Google's newest programs. The benefits are tremendous- both for students and staff- and I'm honestly surprised that it's the first time I'm hearing about this new gadget.
      Chromebooks is a software which is specifically designed to be used in the classroom. Bought in bulk, schools are able to distribute one program to every student- this allows every student to have the same program, and thus, equal opportunity. Also, because all students have the same software, they can communicate through an instant messaging program amongst other students. They are able to discuss projects and ask questions amongst each other, allowing for more effective productivity.
       The most obvious benefit of Chromebooks is that this generation of students are particularly familiar with technology. These laptops will make learning easier, more enjoyable, and students will be better prepared to use these skills in their post-high school lives.
          Chromebooks are particularly advantageous for school staff as well. These laptops have an 8 hour battery life and they "boot-up" within seconds, ready for full use. Moreover, Google provides a central customer support, which eliminates the need to over hire IT staff. Updates for Chromebooks software is rarely necessary, which makes for easy upkeep. And best of all, the school controls what websites students can access during the day, therefore distractions are limited.
        There is, however, the issue of price. The cost of a laptop with Chromebooks starts at about $350. It is an investment that may not be affordable. Perhaps, as time goes on, the software will become less expensive. If the money is there, it is a truly great program.

My rating on this "Tech Tool": 3/5 (due to cost)

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