When it comes to educational hardware decisions, there are a lot of choices out there. From document cameras and interactive whiteboards to laptops and mobile devices, sometimes it’s hard to tell where to look. Of course, couple this with the myriad of operating systems and software applications and the picture can get even fuzzier. Sometimes the answer is to simplify.
That’s exactly why our friends at Google have introduced Chromebooks for Education. We’re sure you’ve heard of Google Apps for Education by now. Just search the DEN Blogs for “Google Apps” and you’ll see a slew of posts from DEN STARs discussing how they’re integrating them into their instructional practices. In fact, Google+ Hangouts have become a fantastic and much preferred method of keeping our community connected across the country. Take a look at the Discovery Education YouTube Channel and search for “DEN Open House” for some great examples.
If you live on Google Apps, you owe it to yourself to take a closer look at the Chromebook. They’re optimized for the web’s vast online resources and work perfectly with the thousands of apps that are favorites amongst educators. They inspire collaboration and encourage students to create and share their own content with the world. They’re simple, scalable and an affordable way to put technology into the hands of students and teachers. They go far beyond just taking your favorite Google apps and integrating them seamlessly in a lightweight, portable package. The built in Wi-Fi, optional 3G and robust battery will keep students productive throughout the school day.
Google is doing their best to share stories of how schools and teachers are integrating Chromebooks into the classroom, and they’d love to hear from you. If you’re using Chromebooks, leave a comment on this post telling us about it. Better yet, zoom on over to the Google in Education Google+ page for more information. There you can find events like the Google Hangout discussing how to run an effective Chromebooks pilot. Or, simply learn more about Chromebooks here.