Chrome vs Apple – the technology series
With the new year here, you’re probably starting to review your devices and whether they’re right for you at your school/district. In the last of our technology series, we’ll compare using Chromebooks and iPads in the classroom.
Chromebooks vs iPads
Chromebooks, as you already know, are taking the US education market by a storm, but how are Apple making their dent? Supporting the Pencil stylus and keyboard add-ons, the iPad is said to do anything a traditional laptop can, as does a Chromebook, so which is the best device for you?
G Suite for Education vs Apple Classroom
Designed to create and manage workflows on your Chromebook, G Suite for Education has been designed to help you get the most out of your digital learning in the classroom. A free solution, Google Classroom allows teachers to create and share assignments, encourages student collaboration online and streamlines feedback to students all from a single location. So you need to ask yourself, how much do you focus on creating, marking and pushing out assignments?
In contrast, Apple Classroom offers in depth monitoring and classroom control tools to focus digital learning and manage the devices in real-time, rather than a learning management solution. In addition, with Apple Classroom you can share work, keep students on the same app, and monitor performance, however this must be configured with an MDM software to operate. With major updates to keynote (Apple’s equivalent to Microsoft PowerPoint), students are able to annotate slides all compatible with Apple Pencil to enhance usability. Ask yourself, are you looking for a device that includes classroom control tools?
Information-based activities vs creative activities
With different classes comes different needs and usage for devices. For subjects such as English and History, information searching, word processing and essay writing may be the key tools you need, strong capabilities of a Chromebook – especially since they include an in-built keyboard and larger screen.
When it comes to Art and Music, being able to move around, take video and photos may be more desirable, strong capabilities of an iPad which are easy to carry around and even includes augmented reality capabilities for creative content creation and consumption. Ask yourself, what’s the main reason your students will be using these devices?
IT usage vs teacher usage
From an IT perspective, Chromebooks are much easier to patch and keep updated for a secure school/district network, with Chromebook management built right into the Google Apps Admin console. Additionally, Chromebooks can easily be shared among users with a secure log-in, since they’re also cheaper you can get more out of your technology budget. What is your school’s technology capabilities?
From a teacher perspective, students are already comprehensive users of Apple products. iPads have a greater battery life so can be used for the whole school day, are a good quality build and effective tool to use offline, especially if you’ve got a poor Wi-Fi capabilities. Do you have strong Wi-Fi capabilities? How tech-savvy are your teachers?
Our technology series finale
What have we learnt? When it comes to using Chromebooks or iPads in the classroom, they both have strengths for different tasks. If you’re looking for a creative, mobile, device then the iPad is for you.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a device to easily update and use for extensive research and essay writing, the Chromebook is the better device. Whichever device you choose, Impero Education Pro consolidates classroom management, network management and student online safety across Chrome OS and iOS. Learn more here.