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Chrome vs Windows - the technology series

Chrome vs Windows – the technology series

10/02/2018

If you’re looking at investing in the latest technology in education, the main question to ask yourself is which type of device is best for you? In the first of our technology series, we’ll be looking at educational technology in the classroom, starting with Chromebooks versus Windows 10 laptops.

Chrome vs Windows

In January 2018, Chromebooks dominated the K-12 mobile computing shipments with a 59.6% share and 25 million students using them in the classroom, compared to 25.6% for Windows laptops. Despite this difference in shipments, the two devices are designed for different circumstances and it’s essential to identify which of these digital technologies in the classroom works best for your school/district environment.

web-based vs offline

Chromebooks provide a full suite of web-based applications for learning such as Google Apps for Education, Google Classroom and web versions of basic programs, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. However, being a web-based application there are limitations to its use when offline. Does your school/district have a strong and reliable internet connection? Is your Wi-Fi quick enough and your bandwidth high enough to sustain every student using a Chromebook device? On the other hand, Windows devices have full capabilities on and offline with access to all programs and applications. Another way to determine if Chromebooks or Windows laptops are the educational technology for you, ask yourself: do you students ever use devices when they don’t need internet access? Does this differ by age group?

everyday browsing vs software intense classes

Chromebooks offer a simple and straightforward interface for navigating and searching the web, creating and editing documents, as well as receiving and sending emails. However, for those more software intense classes, such as computer science, STEM lessons or even music, having access to full versions of software is a lot more practical and has greater capabilities for file playbacks, formatting and creating projects. So, what do your teachers want out of technology in the classroom? Is it being able to simply search via Google or is it beyond that? This will help determine which device meets your requirements and is most cost-effective for your school/district.

teacher vs IT usage

It’s not just technology teams that use the latest technology in the classroom – it’s important to think about these devices in the hands of the teachers and, most importantly, the students. Chromebooks have a faster and (some would say) a simpler operating system, which makes for easier management and administration, since there’s only a few reasons to explore if it’s not working as normal. Alternatively, Windows devices require no re-training for staff since they’re likely to have used a Windows device in the past. Additionally, these devices are easy to upgrade and provide greater capabilities to link to SMART boards in the classroom, to focus attention and demonstrate activities. Ask yourself: how tech-savvy are your teachers? Which devices would be easier the update and maintain from an IT perspective?

our technology series continued

Each device has its strengths, and you may even find it’ll differ in preference for each classroom, each class and each teacher. Whichever device you choose, Impero Education Pro provides a broad range of classroom control tools, remote network management functionality and online student safety features that works across both Chrome and Windows devices. Learn more here.

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