Friday, April 15, 2011

Move Over iPad! Google Chrome Notebooks are Going to Be the Game Changer in Education

iPads are all the rage in education.  I have my iPad and iTouch too, but after several months of exploration, I’m not convinced they’re the right device for least when it comes to secondary education.  Despite the protests of Apple to the contrary, I see them as great devices for consuming information and even drag and tap interactions, but for real creation, the full functionality of a laptop with flash access reigns number one.  Today, there’s a new device in town, and this one has me more excited for education.  

If you're like me and you already love Google for education (Apps, products, marketplace, than you’ll be excited to learn that Google is entering the educational computing market with Chrome notebooks which are built and optimized for the web, where digital natives want to spend their computing time. Because it is browser based, you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. The devices come complete with webcam for video chat, a vibrant 12-inch LCD display, full-size keyboard and an oversized touchpad which let you enjoy the web comfortably. It weighs in at just 3.8 pounds, provides over eight hours of active usage and a week of standby time.

Here are some of the advantages it provides over other computing options:

  • Experience waitlessness.
    Google cleverly promises users the experience of waitlessness, meaning you never have to wait for the web. 
  • Instant web
    Chrome notebooks boot in about 10 seconds and resume from sleep instantly. Your favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash.
  • Same experience everywhere
    All your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So even if you lose your computer, you can just log into another Chrome notebook and get right back to work.
  • Always connected 
    Integrated Wi-Fi for home and work, and 3G for all the places in between. 100MB of free 3G data every month* on the Verizon Wireless network. Affordable data plans with no commitment required.

Here’s a video that shows how Chrome Notebooks make computing simpler.  

Related Reading

  • Here is teacher feedback from one school that has launched these devices.    Here is teacher feedback from a second school. 
  • Here is a piece inspired by this post written by Steve Kinney. He does a much better job than I did of evaluating this device.  Check it out here.  
  • Here are words from Google CEO Eric Schmidt about price point and future of the device.
  • And, if you’re not sure why it’s all that important for Educators to Get Their Heads INTO The Clouds read this

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