She is very open to the idea. I've even given her my Samsung ARM Chromebook to try out, get comfortable with, and see if she likes the concept.
I think this is a great idea for all the reasons we love Chromebooks:
- Low cost. This means replacement costs are also low and the possibility of every child having their own is high.
- Low maintenance. No complicated, bloated traditional desktop OS upgrades necessary.
- Low burden of training. If you can surf the web and are familiar with the Chrome browser, you are good to go.
No one in this environment will be:
- Crunching millions of lines of data
- Designing building plans
- Producing the next hollywood movie
So there is no need for all the horsepower of a traditional desktop or laptop.
But all I have at this point is an idea of how Chromebooks might work in the classroom. What I'd like to have is a sense of the opportunities—and pitfalls—before any investment is made.
If you've experimented or are currently using Chromebooks in the classroom:
- What's been your experience/impression overall?
- What do you know now that you wished you had known when you started?
- Are there any obstacles to anticipate?
- Did you receive any pushback from parents or school administration?
- How long did it take to get students acclimated to Chrome?
- What impact did Chromebooks and access to the web have on teaching/learning?
What should be considered before we put Chromebooks in the classroom?
P.S. If we decide to move forward, I'll let you know how it goes.