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School district piloting iPads and Chromebooks simultaneously - definitely worth a read if you are considering either for your school.
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If this article was written by an institutional IT professional, they should be sacked. But I suspect that this is simply guerrilla marketing for the Chromebook (which has received overwhelmingly negative reviews and is only slightly more useful than the XO laptop). If, as an institutional IT professional, the writer of this article is actually managing and deploying iPads one-by-one -- they really need to be fired, immediately. You don't need Chromebooks; you need someone who knows what they're doing.
 
+Josh Goldwasser The way I understood it is that the guy writing the article wasn't managing them one by one, but the teachers were because they didn't see a simply way around that.

That said, I don't particularly feel like either of these devices has a strong reason for schools to purchase them just yet.
 
As a former teacher and current IT consultant, iBooks textbooks. 'Nuff said!
 
Can't argue that really, but I see that as overkill. For the price, why not just buy a set of the cheaper Kindles/Nooks/insert e-reader of choice? Granted, I'm not terribly familiar with how iBooks works with textbooks, so there may be something I'm missing here.
 
+Josh Goldwasser, You should be sacked immediately!

For not even bothering to read his "about". He's a teacher, who does a bit of technology training.

In fact, he's now a teacher of teachers, who says he probably learns more from them, than he teaches them. Now there's an attitude you may wish to consider adopting.
 
For reading, a tablet's fine, but for writing, you need something with a good text editor (e.g. ShiftEdit) and physical keyboard. That should be a no-brainer. So they need both, but something cheaper than an iPad for reading. For reading a lot, e-ink makes a big difference on eye strain.
 
+Philip Thrift I've never used ShiftEdit, but I have heard of it. It was my understanding it was an online programming IDE, not a general purpose typing program.
 
In defence of apple we must listen to the experts who post on Google+ for they are truly the masters of all.

As for educating a keyboard is a must but for the rest a whiteboard and projector works just aswell. Oh and teachers should teach children, not let the app do it for you
 
Local school here already rocks ipads, and our cow population rivals the humans..
 
Pad. Secretly install Angry Birds, play it during class XD
 
I saw a youtube video where a google engineer showed developers a way of porting android apps to work on chrome browser. Once developers can port their android apps to work on chrome browser, it means that all android apps becomes a web app with offline capabilities. So imagine over 400 thousand android apps doubling as a web app. The impact will be enormous.
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Raspberry pi, monitor and keyboard+mouse.
No need for overpriced stuff for learning.
 
wow thats stupid what if you cant afford one
Nav H.
 
None! I would like to choose what I want to use.
 
Any idea what the chrome program cost per unit?
 
It's $180 per student per year. So, as a school district, would you really rent netbooks that run an entirely web-based OS, on which none of your existing software will work? For the same price, you could provide each student with a new iPad every two years and have enough left to provide each seat with an iPad Keyboard Dock and two textbooks per year.
 
All the online educational resources promoted at our kids school for their use at home are Flash based. This really limits what you can do on a device if it doesn't support Flash. HTML5 is the way to go but Flash doesn't look like going away fast for schools.
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