Google’s Samsung Chromebook
is still relatively new to the tech scene, but it’s made quite a splash since its launch in October 2012. Aptly billed “a laptop for everyone,” its $249 price tag and straightforward interface makes it an ideal device for students and educators alike. Here’s why.
First off, Google’s Chromebook eliminates all the work typically associated with a new computer. You won’t have to install any software, update any systems or download any anti-virus malware. It comes fully loaded; any applications you and your students will need are built-in and ready to use. And the best part about these pre-configured applications? They’re your favorite Google products— Search, Gmail, YouTube, Hangout— so you and your students shouldn’t need any extra training to use them. If you happen to be a Google newbie, though, don’t worry: these applications are as intuitive as technology can possibly be.
You’ll also love Chromebooks as an educator because they update themselves automatically, boot-up in seconds and require nearly zero maintenance. They take the hassle out of using computers in the classroom. Simply power them up, and your classroom of students will be ready to learn.
As many educators know, ease of mobility is a huge concern when it comes to technology in the classroom, as more and more students and teachers share computers, tablets and the like. The Chromebook offers a great solution for this kind of mobility, as it weighs less than 2.5 pounds, is less than 0.7 inches thick and has a 6.5 hour battery life. Take it everywhere you need to go, whether that means being stuffed into a backpack or carried down the hall to another classroom.
One of the neatest and most convenient of all Chromebook features, particularly for an educator, is that everything on the computer– photos, music, videos, documents– is stored in the cloud via Google Drive. No more forgotten or misplaced hard drives, floppy disks, or flash drives. With a simple click, everything is safely stored online, ready for when your students need it next.
Another characteristic of Google’s Chromebook that educators are sure to love is how easy they are to share among multiple users. Switch between users in seconds, and never worry about anything getting messed up by someone else– all users have their own files, apps and settings. If your school’s budget allows for just one classroom set of computers, Chromebooks are an effortless way to go. They’re as easy to share among students as they are to customize to one individual in particular, and you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
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