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Chromebooks, Yay or Nay in the Education World?

With prices starting at $240, students cannot help but to be attracted to Google’s Chromebooks. Its operating system is simple, to the point, and extremely fast, relying on Chrome and Google Drive. The catch? You cannot install desktop software such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, or any PC games.

This may be a letdown for some people, but for others the simplicity is much appreciated. EdTech reports that Chromebooks are beginning to sneak their way into the classroom. Why not? Students are able to access the web so they can pursue research, and with Google Drive students can also write reports and create presentations just like they can with Microsoft Office.

The only case where Chromebooks could be problematic in the education world is with STEM programs who require higher end applications such as Integrated Development Environments (IDEs).

 

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  1. bgibson135 says:

    A Samsung Chromebook has a standard HDMI port and a couple of USB ports. You can hook up a large screen HDTV to your Chromebook and have a dual monitor setup. View/present a video on the TV while taking notes, or checking email on the Chromebook’s smaller screen.
    * Need more storage, not to the Cloud, then hook up a portable USB drive via one of the ports. **Keep a few old PCs running on the network with various apps that won’t run from the Cloud. Then use the free “Chrome Remote Desktop” software to remote into the PC from your Chromebook and use the apps as if they were running on your Chromebook. Even pushes sound remotely.

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