The Case for Chromebooks over iPads

One middle school in New Jersey went with Chromebooks over iPads after testing both devices simultaneously. Here’s what the staff and faculty gave for feedback:

  • Students saw the Chromebook as a device for getting down to work, while the iPad was seen as an entertainment/gaming environment.
  • The Chromebook’s keyboard was a great perk especially since Common Core testing will require keyboards. Students, however, did like reading and annotating on the iPad.
  • Chromebooks were much easier to manage than the same number of iPads. Since Chromebook files are all store in the cloud, new apps could be pushed to all devices in minutes. Similarly, students could be up and running on a new device if they had hardware problems on their original machine.
  • The Chromebook was better for collaboration when it came to Google Apps for Education suite.

And above all there is the cost: while iPads start at $399, Chromebooks start at $279.

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.