Teachers finding Chromebooks "much more useful" than iPads
posted by Michael H. / Aug 06, 2014, 4:46 PM
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.
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It's easier to type, that's all.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 4:47 PM 15
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Right, and trying to be productive....you're going to have to type....a lot.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 4:58 PM 24
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What is Chrome book market share like? http://www.extremetech.com/com
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 10:13 PM 0
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?
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 4:51 PM 4
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Right, computers are useless. Lets all go back to the slab and chisel.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 4:59 PM 16
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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...
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 11:26 PM 2
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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.
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
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 12:31 AM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 5:34 AM 0
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No wonder. Tablets just simply aren't ideal for work.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 4:51 PM 16
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Why don't use hybrid computer.,,, like lenovo yoga pad
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 6:19 AM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 4:51 PM 14
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LOL, the 1st is a wannabe desktop OS and the 2nd is an OS made for mobile devices, you can't compare them..........
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 5:00 PM 2
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Except they did compare them, by actually using both. For the work they were doing, they choose the one that works better.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 5:06 PM 13
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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.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 9:50 PM 0
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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.
posted on Aug 06, 2014, 10:59 PM 3
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