The Chromebook Reaction

The Chromebook Reaction

Technology develops continuously. As a result, brand-new gadgets keep emerging. Google, a forerunner in technological innovations, released the Chromebook, its own computer, in 2011. Chromebooks run on Chrome OS, which is largely dependent on an Internet connection. NPD Data reported that Chromebook shipments doubled in 2014. The Chromebook replaced Apple’s iPad, by a thin margin, as the leading gadget availed of by K-12 schools and universities.

The Appeal of Chromebook

The increase in the sale of Chromebooks may be attributed to the following features:

Portability

Chromebooks have models that are less than three pounds, making them ideal tools for kids to use at school.

Speed

The Chromebook’s startup time, unlike that of its counterparts, is fast. The processing time for basic computer tasks such as writing and editing a document, reading emails, and note-taking is likewise quick.

Ease of Use

Compared to the confusing user interface of Windows 8 and 10, the Chromebook offers a simpler and straightforward interface that can easily be understood by children.

Battery life

The Chromebook has a reliable battery life. A common unit can last for more than six hours on one charge, while newer versions last for more than eight hours, enough to last a school day.

Affordability

What appeals to many K12 schools is the affordability of Chromebooks. At present, it is regarded as the best budget laptop since it delivers utilities that are at par with what expensive brands offer at a much cheaper price.

Benefits of the Chromebook

Ultimately, the Chromebook responds to the technological needs of educational institutions.  The following are some of its benefits.

Accessibility and security

The use of the Chromebook addresses the gap in making learning materials available to all learners, including those with disabilities. As a bonus, every Chromebook automatically has 100 GB of cloud storage on Google Drive. As such, files are saved on the cloud, hence, accessible from any computer. This accessibility feature complements well with Kami and file collaboration in general. Google has set up layers of protection, which keeps files secured from viruses and malware.

Increases performance

Because it is easy to install and manage, the Chromebook increases the actual teaching time by reducing lost time in troubleshooting gadgets and networks. Also, students become technologically educated and are free to explore new ways to learn.

Rekindles students’ desire to learn

The conventional method of teaching has the tendency to be boring, which is detrimental to the students’ drive. One notable strength of the Chromebook is the availability of various applications through the Google Apps for Education suite and Google Play for

Education

This aspect has the effect of making learning interesting for students. It has been noted that the variety of apps allows teachers to design learning programs suitable to individual students. Teachers have observed that the Chromebook, through its collaboration functionality, encourages teamwork and cooperation among students. Moreover, it goes well with applications like Kami.

The Chromebook’s case is an example of how brand alone does not determine sales success; it is largely based on the functionality. After all, individuals and institutions are more practical nowadays, and they choose the product that gives them their money’s worth.

Maria Dublin

Maria Dublin

Contributor at Kami
Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.
Maria Dublin