Teachers finding Chromebooks "much more useful" than iPads

Teachers finding Chromebooks "much more useful" than iPads
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



37. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

IPad is more of a shiny, bright, metal clad larger IPod (and way overpriced for the value it offers) which is no doubt highly sought after for games rather than productive use. It's good to see some better options coming up at a lesser price.

32. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

This time next year well be reading how should are turning in chromebooks for entry-level Windows convertibles because they've found the limitations of chromebooks/boxes are the dame as apple tablets: They've not full computers, don't run full office, and OneDrive whips gCloud all day long.

31. Parazels

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I thought the teachers disliked ipads because students wasted too much time on playing videogames

30. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

A chromebook is useless without internet connection.

43. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

There are actually quite a good amount of Chrome Apps that work offline.

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013


19. Furbal unregistered

Can't wait for an update to the Toshiba chromebook, if they can get a higher res screen in that machine at the same price i'd say its the best chromebook out other than the pixel.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I bought my first chromebook about a month ago and it's more useful than I thought it would be. I was under the impression that it had to be connected to the Internet in order to do anything but that's not the case at all. If it had a higher resolution screen I would replace my windows laptop with it.

17. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

iPads aren't really that useful. It's just good for gaming but the productivity side is really low. I can do far more on my smartphone than the iPad

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And Google keeps growing and growing...

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

If it works, use it. Grats to looking past the pricey icon.

10. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I'm still working with actual books.

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The best thing.........

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: 17529; 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: 1777; 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.

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

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


27. dimas

Posts: 3465; Member since: Jul 22, 2014


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.

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: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Only for the non IT/Computing students.

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