27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

Summary: Google Chromebooks, according to a recent announcement, have begun to break in to the U.S. school system.

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Chromebooks may not have made the impact Google wished, but it does seem that they are at least beginning to appear in schools across the U.S.

At the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Rajen Sheth, the leader of the Chromebook initiative, announced a number of deals pertaining to the use of Google Chromebooks in schools.

According to the official Google Chrome blog, 'hundreds of schools in 41 states across the U.S. are using one or more classroom sets of Chromebooks today'. The exact figures of how many Chromebooks have actually entered the wider school system were not shared, however -- so potentially the 'hundreds' of schools may only possess a single set of Chromebooks each. In addition, what a 'set' entails has not been disclosed.

In addition, three school districts -- Illinois, Iowa and South Carolina -- are going to be going '1-to-1'; in other words, making sure over 27,000 students have use of a Chromebook each.

The exact figures reported for each school district 'victory' are:

  • Council Bluffs Community School District, Iowa: A Chromebook each for 2,800 students, and an additional 1500 Chromebooks to share among two middle schools.
  • Leyden Community High School District, Illinois: 3,500 devices.
  • Richland School District, South Carolina: A Chromebook per student, 19,000 in total.

A few thousand Chromebooks will not make much of a difference in the education market, but Google does have to start somewhere. I wonder how many of those students would have preferred an iPad?

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  • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

    Read the TOS...
    HypnoToad72
    • homework

      LMAO!! after helping raise 4 boys i thought i had heard it all..ty..i needed that laugh..
      obomabenlyin
  • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

    Wow! A new excuse! I don't have my homework because the cloud ate it!<br><br>Or: I stored my homework on Megaupload and now the FBI has it and won't give it back.
    Shara8
  • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

    I wonder how much they sell these for to the schools?
    lifegiver36
    • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

      @lifegiver36
      I think it is $20 per month including warranty and all support as advertised earlier.
      Mah
  • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

    Seriously, does anyone want a notebook that only works when connected to the internet?<br><br>"I couldn't write my homework cause the internet was down."
    fldbryan@...
    • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

      @fldbryan@...
      Unfortunately teachers can check up Internet availability. The old Windows PC excuse of "my computer crashed and corrupted my files", or "my PC caught a virus" which is statistically far more plausible isn't available with Chromebooks.
      Mah
  • cool device

    got one of these for my mom cause all she does is facebook, email, browse. she don't know the difference and likes the speed bump over her aging dell laptop it replaced. no virus, no annual virus cost, no os update, automatic update, no tech calls to me.
    so far so good. it's true nerdboy's won't find much use for it (i wouldn't own one cause my needs are different) but i can see how this is perfect for a lot of people.
    oneleft1
  • Cool device (yes), but not ready for any primetime

    We've been looking at them for a few months now in our district. They are an okay device. Definitely need to be totally web-based to use it - it doesn't do anything else. Right now, my opinion is it's not the right device for schools. One major disadvantage from the technical aspect is management of these devices. The current GoogleApps management console is limited, and it doesn't track the devices wherever they may be. You can set some policies on what sites are allowed, set a proxy, but not much else. For a school, maybe that's all you need.

    The other issue, at least with the Samsung model, some clueless engineer put a small microswitch on the outside of the unit that flips it into a dev mode. This essentially wipes out whatever config is placed on it (i.e. GoogleApps policies). Then a person can flip it back and have free reign on the machine. Google it, plenty of hacks already for the device. You can even get into a command-line of OS commands.

    As noted, the most positive thing is the 8sec start-up (and shutdown). Try that with Windows (never ever gonna happen). It's also very light - there is nothing to it. A circuit board and a plastic case. 12" screen is nice, a bit big than a netbook.

    I would say Google is trying to boost it's market for these with this announcement. Sales are lagging. Not many see the need for just a web-connected device. For a bit more you can get an iPad that does pretty much the same thing, with much better performance.

    JMO
    HDGuy
    • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

      @HDGuy

      It's the perfect device for schools and casual Internet computer use. The schools have trialled and thoroughly evaluated it over the last six months, and the volume sales are are only now starting.

      What you forget is that a lot of schools and universities already use Google Docs and Gmail along with web based Moodle and Blackboard course content servers, and Citrix servers for remote desktop apps. Chromebooks is perfect for this type of environment.

      Another reason why schools have found Chromebooks are perfect for schools, and why Windows desktops/laptops or iPads aren't, is that Chromebooks are zero maintenance devices, and unlike Windows desktops/laptops, don't require the hiring of IT staff to provision and maintain the desktops, and don't require teachers and students to expend time on user maintenance of the desktop and data. IPads have been found by schools which tried them to be difficult and costly in terms of teacher and student time to provision and manage and keep in sync because they are designed as personal devices rather than shared ones, and they are not good for typing, which is required as a school device.
      Mah
  • RE: 27,000 Google Chromebooks coming to a school near you

    The Richland school district mentioned in the article has licensed Ericom AccessNow for VMware View for use along with their Chromebooks by its 30,000 students and staff. AccessNow for VMware View will be deployed across its 35 K-12 schools.

    Ericom AccessNow for VMware View is a pure HTML5 RDP client that enables users with HTML5-compatible browsers to connect to their VMware virtual desktops - and run those desktops in a browser. It does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices - an HTML5 browser is all that is required.

    For more information on this case study, visit:

    http://www.ericom.com/pr/pr_111206.asp?URL_ID=708

    Adam

    Note: I work for Ericom
    AG4IT