Welcome to 2015, and my first post about new technologies. If you are into new technologies chances are you are aware the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about to start this week with a whole host of new reveals. One of the main things that has caught my eye is 15” Chromebook the first of its kind by Acer. I know Chromebooks have been around for a while but this is the first 15” one which arguably could replace your laptop dependent on what you use your laptop for, of course.
This got me thinking about using Chromebooks as one to one devices in school. At my school we are in the early stages of using one to one devices with our year 7’s but they are not Chromebooks. They are tablet laptop hybrids, now the students love to use them but they are mostly used for internet research and creating presentations. Now I know the go to programs are Microsoft Office e.g. PowerPoint so hopefully you have enough foresight to realise that there are alternatives to Microsoft Office. There are plenty of alternative online programs, my students really enjoy using http://www.powtoon.com/ for presentations and I would suggested you check it out if you are not aware of it, If you would like to know more about the new Acer Chromebook or the CES show have a look at these sites:
Acer Chromebook: www.anandtech.com
CES Preview 2015: www.bbc.co.uk
CES official page: http://www.cesweb.org/
So is anyone out there using Chromebooks as a one to one device in their school or even have a bank of them instead of laptops. I would love to hear about your experiences with them.