Teachers finding Chromebooks "much more useful" than iPads

Teachers finding Chromebooks
Apple has often talked about how popular iPads are in the education market, but it is looking like that may be changing. A new trend is showing that schools and teachers are deciding to ditch iPads and are choosing Chromebooks instead. Teachers are even saying that Chromebooks are "much more useful" than iPads.

Throughout the country a couple of years ago, schools adopted programs to give teachers and students iPads, but schools have consistently been rethinking those decisions. Schools have been selling back iPads and buying Chromebooks instead. The general findings are that students are more productive on Chromebooks compared to iPads; and beyond that, Chromebooks are far easier for teachers to manage because of the power of Google's cloud. It was better for schools to have data automatically backed up to the cloud, and it was easier to push apps out to students on Chromebooks "with just a few mouse clicks."

Some schools can't make the decision though, and have even been supplementing Chromebooks with Nexus tablets. Other teachers swear by the iPad, and find it to be the best tool for classrooms. The debate is still going on, sometimes within the same school. There are those who think the iPad is a great tool, but there have also been quite a few teachers who say that students see the iPad as a gaming environment, while a Chromebook is a tool for being productive.

Part of the reason for schools switching is undoubtedly pricing, because Chromebooks can be had for around $200, while an iPad starts at $399, and Windows machines aren't even on the radar. Obviously, schools can get special deals, and not pay the full retail, but that is true with both Chromebooks and iPads. In the end, schools often have limited budgets, and need to make the most of the money they have. So, that means iPads are far less appealing, and Chromebooks are getting the business.

source: The Atlantic via BGR

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42 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's easier to type, that's all.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Right, and trying to be productive....you're going to have to type....a lot.

15. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Ipad is just and oversized iPod touch and it's used is for media and apps consumption only, recently they add ms office in it but still people think its not that kind of device.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

26. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't see the relevance of your market share question to the topic.

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Same here, don't see a relevant point to a irrelevant question makes it relevant? At least my topic is still chrome book, what's yours?

36. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

i think chromebook is a great idea but if it could work without internet it would really replace iPad from schools( i am not sure if google has updated it to work without a network ).

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Article implies differently. Troll deflated.

2. HASHTAG unregistered

Or how about don't purchase either? I'm not bashing either product, just the question of do students really need these products in the classroom?

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Right, computers are useless. Lets all go back to the slab and chisel.

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Only for the non IT/Computing students.

29. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Not useless, but certainly unnecessary in many a school environment, as history has shown. Starting with calculators, students have gradually grown worse at math, and spelling is probably going to be the next victim, with computers doing all the work...

33. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I don't think computers in educational environment are useless if used right as you open a lot of room for productivity an example if what I do with my note 10.1 http://i57.tinypic.com/dov49k.png And the thing about the calculator is it's better to work smarter than harder. Calculator do things we are supposed to do with our heads thereby freeing a lot of workload and creating space for better analysis and greater workloads

35. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

That is some power notes.. :)

39. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I was in one of the best high schools in my country, and the one that has many world wide achievements, especially in physics. I remember our math teacher, not only forbade as from using calculator, he forbade us from using scratchpad for making calculations. He wanted us to make all calculations in our heads. He wanted us to become fluent in it, and he never worried about space for better analysis in our minds. If You don't train Your mind, there will be no space for analysis at all. When You're growing, school is supposed to expand Your mind, so that when You're grown, there is enough space for greater workloads.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No wonder. Tablets just simply aren't ideal for work.

24. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

#AdobeFlash

27. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

#AdobeFlashisbuggyanddead

40. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Why don't use hybrid computer.,,, like lenovo yoga pad

41. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah those are the best IMO. I love the Sonys like Fit A series, Tap series or Duo series. Too bad we won't see any new ones coming :( The Lenovos are great too though.

42. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

As mentioned, price is a big factor, and a hybrid Windows device is far more expensive than either an iPad or a Chromebook.

4. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Google offers a powerful productivity suite with EXCELLENT cloud support. That and you can get the kids typing sooner. My mom's a teacher and swears by Googles services.

25. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

google is just spam maker

38. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I was wondering whether you're banned... Guess not :S

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

LOL, the 1st is a wannabe desktop OS and the 2nd is an OS made for mobile devices, you can't compare them..........

8. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except they did compare them, by actually using both. For the work they were doing, they choose the one that works better.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Maybe you should read the source article (Michael the Google Fanboy should, too.). iPads are still the overwhelming majority. This example was 1 school district, with some bits and pieces elsewhere. Apple still rules the classroom, and your hate doesn't change that.

28. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If schools wanted kids to learn better, they'd ban all computers from the classroom until the kids are 15+ years old. The iPad is popular, but that doesn't mean it helps kids learn better. In fact, studies show the opposite.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You're dead wrong here. They can and they have to compare them for the sake of the students (and the schools). This is not about a normal tech site vs kind of thing.

10. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I'm still working with actual books.

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