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TIGER TECH~ MR. RICHARD ~ December 2018

 

 

So, your kid wants a Chromebook…

Here at Tashua, students in grades 1-5 have used Chromebooks, laptop computers that runs Google’s Chrome
operating system. Grades 2-5 use them regularly, while grade 1 has had just an introduction so far. Because
they are used so frequently in school, your child might have come home asking for her/his own Chromebook.

Here are some things to consider if you decide to go for it.

? What should I buy?
My best advice for Chromebooks is to buy what best fits your budget. With holiday sales, you’ll likely be able
to find some at great prices. For standard Chromebooks, I don’t necessarily recommend one model over
another because, for what our students typically do with them, you won’t see that much difference between
most Chromebooks across models and manufacturers. At school we use a few different kinds. Those most
recently purchased for fifth grade are the Lenovo 100E, and most 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders use the Samsung
500C. They work well and we’ve found them to be quite durable.

At my house, with a 3rd grader and kindergartner, we like the flexibility of a touchscreen and the ability to fold
over into tablet mode, so we love our Acer Chromebook R11. I also recently purchased the ASUS Chromebook
Flip with a stylus for writing and drawing. It’s very similar to the R11, but it’s got a sturdier build. That said,
both versions are pricier than a standard Chromebook.

? How will they use it?
To use a Chromebook, you have to log in with a Google account. Students can login with their school account,
but be advised that these accounts are meant for school use. At my house, I created supervised logins for my
children under my personal Google account, which is a nice way to keep tabs on what they’re doing.
Standard Chromebooks have access to everything the internet has to offer, and newer touchscreen models
allow you to download apps from the Google Play Store, which opens up much broader range of possibilities,
working more like a tablet.

In the end, choose what’s best for you and your child(ren), or say, “Maybe next year!” ?

Todd Richard
Technology Integration Specialist

December 2018 Tiger Times