Chromebooks are fast becoming the most widely used digital device in schools.
Academic learning time is a scarce resource, with little of it to waste waiting for new devices to get into learners’ hands, for operating systems to boot up, and for learners to reach the plethora of new and emerging learning tools now available on the web. Google knows this, which is why Chromebooks were developed to work easily out of the box: fast to deploy, less than 8 seconds to boot up, almost instantaneous login, and a super-fast web browser. Learners expect quick access to the web-based tools and information they need to get on with learning — Chromebooks make that a reality.
No more expensive, complex and time-consuming device imaging needed: a Chromebook is a shared, multi-user device by default, taking the hassle out of IT management and giving technicians time to focus on more pressing infrastructure issues.
Managing learners devices should be easy. With Chromebooks, a simple web-based management console allows schools to easily enrol their new Chromebooks and instantly pull down all of their device settings via the Cloud.
This is made even simpler using a Google-approved White Glove process, such as that offered by Cyclone, where devices are enrolled before they arrive at school and work straight out of the box. Learners these days expect simplicity when using technology. The Chromebook’s user interface was built with that in mind — intuitive and easy to navigate. New touch screen options are making Chromebooks a viable option for younger students too, who rely less on a keyboard and trackpad interface.
Think back to computing in the ‘90’s and undoubtedly what jumps to mind is the constant threat of viruses. The operating system that runs a Chromebook (Chrome OS) cannot get a virus.
In fact, Google motivates people to try and put a virus on their OS by putting up US $Pi million — US $3,141,192 million — to anyone who can do it (so get your students on that project and your school’s in line for a significant boost to your ever-diminishing operations grant).
Managed Chromebooks are also easy to track and protect, and special third-party add ons allow for geolocation so should your Chromebooks go wandering they can easily be tracked down and returned.
Perhaps the most well-known benefit for education. The low-cost of going Chrome means schools can achieve far better device ratios than before, with many going 1 to 1 and reaping the benefits.
Once desired ratios are achieved, schools then need invest only a fraction of what they did previously to maintain their infrastructure due to an increased use of cloud services and a reduced dependency on expensive onsite services. This allows schools to invest far more in the professional development their teachers need to use new and emerging technologies effectively.
On top of this, many schools subscribe to amazing web 2.0 tools that drive innovation and creativity on Chromebooks, such as Explain Everything and Powtoon.
Combine this with the million plus Android apps soon to be seamlessly integrated on Chrome and your learners will have greater access than ever before to a powerful arsenal of tools allowing them to learn, create and connect to their community in truly meaningful ways.
To learn more about how Chromebooks can benefit your school and just how easy it is to make a reality, contact Saunil Hagler — Cyclone’s Google Education BDM — who can answer your questions, organise no-obligation demo equipment and support you to get the most out of your technology investments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 358 5996.
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