A Teacher looks at the Chromebook & Chrome OS alternative
Just before Winter Break, I decided to purchase a ChromeBook. The motivation for my purchase was not based upon a need for expanded computing resources, but rather a growing personal curiosity about an increasingly visible presence within the global educational community. This curiosity, combined with a desire/need to increase my understanding of Cloud based computing, led me to personally invest just under $300 dollars.
For well over two decades there has been a call for the increased utilization of technology within the classroom. A number of initiatives have been very successful and represent a source of both experiential knowledge and inspiration. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of schools and classrooms, the progress has been slow, sporadic, or non-existent.
Introducing technology within your class or school environment can be both exciting and daunting. Like everything else in life, there are an unlimited number of ways of getting the job done with varying levels of success and satisfaction. We tend to see three main types of implementors;
The first are what we refer to as the “Ready, Fire, Aim” sort of people who believe that speed trumps everything else. “Just get the equipment and we will figure out what to do with it as we go along.”