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Chromebook vs Ipads

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Started by Kate Crawford 02 Dec 2014 1:14pm () Replies (6)

Kia Ora Koutou

We are in the process of purchasing new devices for our Year 7/8 classes for 2015.

I am wanting to know what peoples views/experiences are with using either Chromebooks or ipads?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of using them.

Kia ora ano

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  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 02 Dec 2014 2:55pm ()

    Hi Kate,

    I will share with you our use of iPads and Chromebooks.  The choice is always going to be about what you want the device to do.  For us it has been split due to the functions that our students need.

    We have a roll of 280 students.  120 of them are year 5-8 and they have their own Chromebooks (1:1 programme).  We also have about the same in the junior area.  These classes are not 1:1 but have a high ratio of iPads.  We feel that iPads are more suited for our junior area, as the workshops and classes our teachers offer for these students are more suited for use on an iPad.

    Andre is essentially right.  Chromebooks are browser based, and because it utilises Chrome, there are many extensions and add-on's that our students and staff use that make the chromebook quite a powerful collaboration tool.   They can take photo's and video, but it is cumbersome to do so, and I rarely see students doing this on a Chromebook (unless recording themselves for a presentation, or in a hangout or skype session).   Our seniors are more suited for Chromebook as google drive works easier and more fluid on a Chromebook as opposed to an iPad.  The physical keyboard plays a big part, but the drive app on iOS is not great.  Students in our senior area would only use an iPad to complete work and participate in workshops if there was no other choice.  Its the extentions/add-on's that make the Chromebook so powerful.  They are all integrated, and there is no need to switch over and between apps.  iOS doesn't have the capability of running chrome (so wont run extentions) as they were meant to be, as iOS still uses safari's engine behind every browser you download off the app store. 

    I guess the question for you in your choice is:

    -Are we a GAFE school? (google apps for education) 

    -Will our students be using this format for their work? 

     

     

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