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touch screen chromebooks???

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Started by karen 11 May 2017 12:35pm () Replies (4)

Hi everyone smiley

We are looking to purchase some chromebooks for our year 4-8 classes. Not like ipads, there are so many options to choose from. We really don't want to make this big purchase and regret later.

The question that our team has at the moment is; whether to go with touch screen chromebooks or not.

Has anyone used touch screen chromebooks? Are they really "2-in-1 convertible PCs" that can bring benefits of both ipads and chromebooks? Or is it just an extra feature that will cost us more but won't end up using like this article says http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/dont-buy-a-touch-screen-laptop .

Thanks

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  • Saunil Hagler (View all users posts) 11 May 2017 1:14pm ()

    Hi Karen

    The Acer Chromebook R11 is one of the few that currently allows use of Play Store Android apps on Chromebooks.  These are managed out of your Chrome management console.  While there are many that aren't educational, a lot are and of those, most will work best with touch (as Android is designed for touch).

    There are also Chrome apps that work well/best with touch.  Explain Everything for Chrome (avail. via Chrome Web Store) works far better with touch Chrome than non-touch and can be a real game-changer for students (huge success on iPad). 

    The Acer R11 is also able to assume tablet-mode (folds back on itself) which avoids the issue mentioned in the Laptopmag article where users must reach over the keyboard to use the touch functionality.

    Stylus integration for Chromebooks is coming on fast too.  The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (not yet in NZ) will come with a Wacom stylus and special integrated features in OS to make it a great experience (also has "world facing camera").  The Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro (not avail. in NZ, and quite dear) both have great stylus integration.

    So in short, future-proofing your fleet might involve seriously considering touch.  Let me know if you want a demo device to play with saunil.hagler@cyclone.co.nz.  I can also demo Play Store apps etc.

    Regards

    Saunil

     

     

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