Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Why Chromebooks (and not iPads) for Education?




Use this link to view on Screencast.com if YouTube is blocked where you are.


I made this video in response to an email I get frequently that asks why Chromebooks are better for education than iPads. I feel strongly that Chromebooks (or laptop form factor) computers in general are a better choice right now because of the potential for students to create, as opposed to consume, content. Creating content helps me learn every single day, and I know it helps students learn too. I hope this video helps; don't label me an iPad hater. I love mine AND my iPhone AND my Mac, but when I get ready to create content, I head to a laptop form factor device. Watch the video and I'll show you why.

13 comments:

clwatson said...

I am having problems seeing your entire video. I can hear you just fine, but I don't see you navigating from one application to the next, the screen just jiggles :~(

TechLynne said...

Yes, I am having the same problem as clwatson. There must be an issue with the video.

Amy Mayer said...

Ladies: Try it again and let me know. I re-uploaded it. Thanks! --Amy

clwatson said...

Yeah it's working! I guess I'm kinda of a visual type of gal : )

S. Patel said...

Very Helpful. As always!!!

Technology Tool Shed said...

Amy,
Thanks for making training on these available at the ESC 6 Tech conf. Was the first I had ever heard of them & so excited because they are so much better for in class project creations & not just getting info or taking photos. We got the first Chrome Cart in this week. I'm setting it up on Spring Break for my Child Care teacher. She is so excited & so are the kids. Can't wait to show everyone how great these are. CTE & CHS leading the way again here in CISD.

KerooSeta said...

I totally agree with you. Our iPad carts here at the school are really not very useful for high school classes, sadly.

Unknown said...

Love this - I am still working on Rod to get some. :) Also wanted to let you know I sent you a One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you for being so awesome!
http://edtechchic.blogspot.com/2012/03/one-lovely-blog-award.html

Melissa Techman said...

so far my county is dubious - do you have any info re warranties that might help (beyond the one it comes with)? thanks in advance - this blog post has been very helpful!

Amy Mayer said...

Melissa: If you will contact me on my contact form above, I will send you our agreement with Google via email so you can see exactly what you would be signing up for.

Anonymous said...

You raise interesting points about the benefits of the Chromebook vs. the iPad for education. However some institutions will still require access to Windows applications. In order to extend the benefits of Chromebooks by providing quick and easy access to these Windows applications and also to virtual desktops, HTML5 browser-based access is necessary. Ericom AccessNow provides this support and enables Chromebook users to connect to Terminal Servers, physical desktops or VDI virtual desktops – and run Windows applications and desktops within a browser window, without having to install anything on the user device.

Download this white paper to learn how a school district is capitalizing on innovative clientless HTML5 technology to empower students using Chromebooks and other devices with quick, browser-based access to Windows applications and virtual desktops.

http://www.ericom.com/wp-chromebook-byod-education.asp?URL_ID=708

Note: I work for Ericom

Michelle Sherry said...

Amy, can you send me the material that you used to create your school's start page? I love the buttons that you used.

Thanks-
Michelle

Amy Mayer said...

Sure thing, Michelle. Will you use my contact form (top right) to send me your email address?