Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools

Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools

Summary: Google has said there are 2,000 schools worldwide using its Chrome OS devices, twice as many as there were three months ago.

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Chromebook laptops are now being used in twice as many schools as they were three months ago, according to Google.

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Are Chromebooks an attractive option for schools? Image: HP

The cloud-based Chrome OS devices are being used in 2,000 schools around the world, according to a blog post published on Friday by Google's global education evangelist, Jamie Casap.

Casap gave examples of three US schools that are using Chromebook laptops in North Carolina, Florida and California. The schools have 900, 2,200 and 1,100 Chromebooks respectively.

Chromebooks for education in the UK start from £191 and are therefore considerably cheaper than other laptops on the market. They include the free Google Apps for Education, which allow pupils to communicate and collaborate with each other through applications like Gmail, Calendar, and Docs.

UK primary and secondary schools are also using Chromebooks. King Solomon Academy in Marylebone, London has a total of 66 Samsung Chromebooks.

"It is very easy for students to learn how to work the devices, and it didn't take too long before they could work on projects on their own," Bruno Reddy, a maths teacher at the school, said in a statement.

Paganel Primary School near Birmingham, UK purchased 32 Samsung Chromebooks last year and allocated them to a class of year six children, aged 10-11.

Steve Philip, deputy head teacher at Paganel School, said in a statement: "When you consider all the software licences, server investment and ongoing maintenance costs of running regular laptops, we also anticipate long-term cost savings from the Chromebooks."

Chrome OS is already available on laptops made by Samsung and Acer, while HP announced its first Chromebook today in the form of the Pavilion 14. The device comes with a 14-inch display, a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 16GB solid-state storage, three USB ports, a webcam and a removable battery that can last for just over four hours. 

Lenovo also announced last month that it plans to delve into the education market with its own Chromebook, the Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook

Topics: Google, Hardware, Laptops, United Kingdom, Education

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  • Probably all a lie ....

    because Owlll1net says they are a failure.
    D.T.Long
  • The numbers are Laughable

    Google apps are a joke...LOL...

    Windows Laptops and Desktops are used in tens of millions of schools around the world...
    Owlll1net
    • I can only agree

      This is a small drop in the ocean.
      Almost as bad as RT devices. :-P
      AleMartin
    • Re: Windows Laptops and Desktops are used in tens of millions of schools ar

      Name them.
      ldo17
      • Bad news

        Most school used some version of Windows.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • That may explain why they seem to be in short supply

    The schools grab them all before they hit the retail channels.

    Smart move by Google. I would call that marketing for the future.

    2000 schools at say 500 units a piece, that would make a million or so; better than Surface RT apparently. :-)
    D.T.Long
    • Your joking

      The examples in the article says way less than 500.
      Gisabun
  • Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools

    I'm sure Google gave the school boards some "incentives" to take these chromebooks. Wait until they try to bring more than 3 of these online and realize that they can't get to the internet due to having a small pipe in the school system. These chromebooks will be almost useless.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • Sure

      With one school having 2200 of them, they probably have not figured out yet that they can only have 3 at a time in line.

      Idiot.
      D.T.Long
    • Oh, you mean like iPads?

      Well, you're right that the morons making edtech purchases at schools are NOT qualified to. I don't know how many "EdTech coordinators" and "experts" I've seen who have something like, say, a Masters of English or Masters of Education. That is not sufficient training to understand and set up networks and infrastructure.

      Having said that... they are doing the same thing with iPads. They buy first, ask questions later (later, like when they have to use cloud computing for all their file transfers, and wonder why their internet "stops working" or why the apps time-out in their attempts... Or when they try to access all the old websites they used to access, but can't because they require Flash.)
      MatthewGudenius
  • OEM's race to the bottom

    OEMs are at it again, rushing to devalue their PCs, and shrink further their already razor thin profits. These Chromebooks are so generic, and of bare acceptable quality, the only significant differentiation which can be made is price. This is netbooks all over again, only much worse.
    P. Douglas
    • Basic economic theory at work ...

      and good for the consumer.

      Unless of course you are a shill..........

      I guess you liked the "good old days" when a desktop or laptop PC cost $3000-$5000?
      D.T.Long
      • What is your definition of shill?

        it seems you always move away from generic definition available by branding anyone that opposes your views! I'm just wondering, and I am not arguing with you. If it sounds like criticism, please accept my apologies up front.
        Ram U
        • Fair comment

          I did not label the poster a shill, I merely posed the question.

          As to his post, it was a rant against Chromebooks and Netbooks, pure and simple, with no justification or rationalization of any consequence. Many people find/found that Chromebooks/Netbooks meet their needs and budgets. What is the point of implicitly dumping on those who find those products useful? It is a fundamental truth that most of the "techie posters" here have little to no understanding of or appreciation for the needs of the average consumer/computer user.

          It is also a basic economic fact that as markets become mature and products become generic, profit margins become very thin and consumers and society benefit. We would not have the interconnected world we have today if a basic PC was still 3 to 5 grand.
          D.T.Long
          • I totally agree with you on this

            >>We would not have the interconnected world we have today if a basic PC was still 3 to 5 grand.

            Very good point indeed.
            Ram U
          • My Point

            My point was that Chromebooks, like netbooks, hurt OEM's profitability in the long run. Also because little profits are made, little investment takes place by OEMs to bring innovations to their customers. This is why the PC market seems relatively dull compared to ecosystems like Apple's, which has led not only to a relative stagnation of PC the ecosystem, but also a decline.

            Therefore while Chromebooks may benefit OEMs and consumers in the short run, in the long run, both lose out in profitability and innovation, respectively.
            P. Douglas
          • Like I said

            it is basic economics at work.

            Consumers buy what is affordable and meets their needs. Apple is a special case, but Apple is already feeling the pressures on its margins. Apple cannot remain a high volume, high margin, high end supplier for very long, and certainly other suppliers cannot just copy them by building "better" products and charging more. If they do that, someone else will enter the low end and "steal their lunch".

            Regarding innovation, there is clearly a lot of it going on, witness smart phones, tablets of all kinds, hybrids and Ultrabooks. One difficulty the OEMs are facing is that the market/consumers are still feeling their way as to what will be best for them, including form factors, operating systems and applications. Another challenge for the OEMs is that some companies are doing "razor marketing", where the initial purchase is very cheap and they make their money on other products/services later (Google, Amazon and B&N). Traditional PC sector companies, including the OEMs and MS, do not really have good answers to this new form of competition. In such an uncertain environment, being "brave" can prove deadly.

            It is the basic reality of a highly competitive, changing market. I embrace it. In the end it is good for us, even if our favorite companies may struggle and perhaps go under. It is economics and the reallocation of resource working the way it is supposed to.
            D.T.Long
          • You did not really counter my argument

            D.T.Long,

            What you wrote does not detract from my point. Getting caught up in a race to zero profits is neither good for OEMs or consumers. Also unless Apple is doing some special kind of Voodoo economics, there is no reason to believe that OEMs are not able to reproduce what Apple has done, and come out with high quality devices, and receive good margins from them.

            OEMs do not have to experiment on a grand scale to try and reproduce and even surpass Apple's success. They can develop one or two PC models and try make them work. One thing is for certain, jumping into the death spiral of producing ever cheaper, marginal quality PCs, which shows no innovation, is a move they will certainly regret in the future.
            P. Douglas
          • DTLong has can't make a single logical argument

            Here is a junior version of TB7, (cloggedbottom)
            Owlll1net