Why Chromebooks are a good choice to bring technology to schools
The Chromebooks are a new model for web-based computers designed by the Google company , which incorporate features that make them unique, including its own operating system.
In 2010, when Apple announced the launch of the iPad, many teachers in favor of incorporating new teaching strategies in the classroom as they saw in this device, a good alternative to transform the curriculum. However, four years of this addition, it is questionable whether the iPad still remains the best electronic device to perform this transformation.
In the US, schools spend a third of its budget to equip their classrooms with technology, which until recently had been dominated by the purchase of iPads. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the school district of Los Angeles decided to leave each school choice, selecting one of six different types of devices, including iPads, Chromebooks and some hybrids between tablets and laptops. The amazing thing about this initiative is that many of the schools that had been working with iPads decided to cancel their programs and adopt Chromebooks as the best device to work with their students.
Among the views that students got on the use of these teams were they liked most the size of the screen and the advantage offered them to have a physical keyboard, plus the ease with which they could connect to the Internet without any restriction. Someone said digital transformation?
The Chromebooks are ideal for elementary and secondary level by allowing the creation of Personalized Learning Programs in which students can access the Web more easily and equipment sharing among peers without advanced configurations. In locations where Internet access is somewhat limited, you can make use of Chromebooks with 3G and 4G connection.
This platforms cloud storage also allows to work collaboratively within the classroom and outside it, so learning is not limited to the physical space of the classroom .Teachers and students can continue working outside school for hours thanks to the long battery life that is one of the best characteristic of the Chromebooks.
The Chromebooks encourage peer learning. Students become guardians of their own colleagues when they teach them how to use computers or when they suggest new ways to perform the same task.Teaching can pass the physical barriers and our students can have guests from anywhere in the world to explain a topic. In turn, teaching isn’t enclosed within the classroom, for the work of our students can be seen by millions of people around the world.
The approximate cost of a Chromebook is just $ 249. Currently there are eight different models to choose from different brands (Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Samsung, Lenovo) and according to the tastes and needs of each user.
But not only talk about the cost of equipment, but also the operating and maintenance expenses . For example, to create documents on a computer running Windows, you must purchase a license that allows us to use Microsoft Office, in Chromebook can use at no cost of acquisition, Google Docs for creating documents, presentations, forms and spreadsheets among other free apps available from the Chrome store.
The Chromebooks come ready to use, so that once unpacked can start using immediately; downloading and installing applications is very simple to perform, so schools can save costs of hiring staff dedicated to maintaining the equipment.
A managed Chromebook is a team that is configured and controlled by a school or company. This means that you can set parental controls or special configurations according to end-users who will use the equipment. The network administrator is the person who will install applications, configure printers and manage how the computer is used.
To determine whether the Chromebook uses is being managed, you can type “about: policy” directly in the web browser or check if the icon marked with a necktie is visible in the status bar located on the bottom right of your screen when you login.
The main problem with iPad was that it was complicated to update and configure, due to so restrictive operating system they use.With Chromebook, all these tasks are much easier to perform. According to a study, using this type of equipment can reduce the time spent maintaining them as much as 82% .
Do not forget that the use of such devices can not replace the work that is done in the classroom .The teaching is essential when working with computer equipment, as we are “adult conscious” that should guide and control the use of these tools to complement the teaching-learning.