Let me back up a moment. Chromebooks are Google’s internet-only laptops. You don’t install software or wrestle with an operating system. Everything is done online, which means faster boot-ups and longer battery life (can you believe up to a day on one charge?).
I see tremendous value to getting students to Web 2.0 classroom connections faster. In my classrooms, we spend about half the time on internet sites like Google Earth (you can use it online), Big Huge Labs, online typing sites and more. I conceptually can see online connections for many projects that I simply haven’t pursued because there’s been no need. If software wasn’t there, I’d find the connection and be equally satisfied.
Despite that, there remains a significant need to use word processing software like MS Word for reports etc (though MS 360 solves that if you want to pay for a subscription). My students love Publisher projects and PowerPoint slideshows, but I think we could morph to online sites like Glogster and (fill in the blank for an online PowerPoint look-alike).
My e-colleague, TimeThief, found two great videos on Chromebooks.
Anyone using these in your school? Me, we’re still focused on iPads so haven’t got our techie brains around the next step, Chromebooks.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.