My Top #5 Chromebooks for Schools & Educational Institutions (Last updated: July, 2018)

#5 Advantages of Using Chromebooks in Education

Chromebooks run on the Chrome operating system which includes the chrome browser. As you may have guessed, Chromebooks are ‘all things Google’ concerning software, though manufactured under the partnership of companies such as Acer and Samsung. Chromebooks are particularly ultra-portable and web-based netbooks. These netbooks are part of Google’s move to venture into the lucrative mobile computing market alongside Android.

The Google-designed operating system is the core of the Chromebook, which is based on the Chromium OS. The Chromium OS was started in 2009 as an open-source project by Google, which later gave birth to the Chrome OS. The operating system is however based on a Linux based system with dedicated web applications. The netbook is only designed for simple chores such as surfing the internet. It, yet, doesn’t have the traditional desktop interface but instead comes with the chrome browser. All Chromebooks run on an SSD (Solid State Drive) which amplifies boot times significantly to under 10 seconds. Other netbooks take much longer to boot/start. This is not all, Chromebooks also come with a simple file manager, a media player, and Wi-Fi/3g connection among other handy features. Like other laptops, these devices come equipped with a full-size keyboard coupled with a 10-12 inch display. Chromebooks weigh around 3 pounds.

In addition to a full-sized display, Chromebooks are equipped with anything you would find in a regular laptop. This includes things like memory card readers, a touchpad, USB ports, HDMI and VGA connections, and a webcam. They can, therefore, be termed as mini-laptops but run on a different operating system. This is unlike slate-like devices like the iPad.

The main dominating feature and reason why you too should get a Google Chromebook is the fact that you get your content stored on Google controlled servers. This is unlike many laptops out there whose features can be identified without necessarily booting up the device. In other words, the cloud computing and storage feature makes these netbooks a lot different from others in its class. Online storage means your files are stored on remote third-party online services that can be accessed from anywhere.

With Chromebooks mainly designed for the web-based applications, it serves its purpose pretty well. It works much like web-based email accounts (e.g., Gmail) while providing convenient backup on and off the device. You therefore never have to worry about downloading sensitive data on the device. For this reason, Chromebooks are data confidential and more secure, one of the reasons you should consider getting one.

 

Outlined below are some key features found on all Chromebook devices:

 

1. Portability

Chromebooks are particularly lightweight and small thus highly portable. For this reason, most people today invest in a Chromebook to take advantage of its portability. In addition to this, these devices have a long battery life capable of lasting 8 hours or even more with constant use. You can, therefore, tuck the netbook under your arms or backpack and take it anywhere you wish. This makes it the perfect companion for students and persons on the go.

 

2. Connect-ability

Like any other netbook, Chromebooks are designed/intended to help keep you connected to the internet/web at all times via 4G or Wi-Fi. It, therefore, enables you to stay connected to workmates, friends, and family around the clock.

 

3. Security

Chromebooks are designed to ensure optimal safety with built-in security layers including data encryption, verified booting, and sandboxing. In addition to this, all your data, photos, settings, and documents are stored safely online. This feature is one of the reasons many people go for Chromebooks.

 

4. Usability

These devices have an easy to use interface and can be used even in the sun. Ease of use starts with the booting process to logging on, which everyone can do with ease. In addition to this, the fact that your files are stored online gives you peace of mind and freedom. Sharing content with workmates, other students, friends, and family is relatively easy as well. Some Chromebooks have ultra-sharp and bright displays which makes possible to use outdoors in the sun.

 

5. Reputation

Google have earned themselves a solid reputation over the years for providing superior services and products. Being a Google product, you can be assured of quality from the Chromebook. The best thing with Chromebooks is the fact that they receive updates frequently, updates aimed to improve security and fine-tune any glitches the device or software may have. It is also worth noting that Chromebooks have evolved significantly since the first one was released.

 

Conclusion

These are five solid reasons why you too should consider investing in one of the best Google Chromebooks for Education this year. If shopping for a lightweight laptop or netbook, then the Chromebooks is worth considering. With millions of people satisfied with its performance, simplicity, and quality, chances are you won’t waste your money or time investing in one. Whatever your view of Google is, Chromebooks are the perfect solution and student companion for all.

Frequently-Asked-Questions

Chromebooks are low-powered, affordable computers that are designed to be used for surfing the web, light document editing, email, and social media. They are devices that rely extensively on having an internet connection. They can be useful for people who are looking to get online in as cheap a way as possible (being a fraction of the cost of a standard laptop), and they are versatile enough for most tasks.

Chromebooks are not good for playing games, but they are useful as a device for a student that does not want the distractions of a more powerful Windows or Mac OS machine.

 
 By default, Chromebooks ship with ChromeOS on them. This is an OS that relies heavily on the cloud and on some online services.

You can install some WebApps to do a lot of day to day tasks and even play some basic games, but you will miss out on a lot of Windows-specific apps. It is possible to install Windows on a Chromebook but it will take some technical knowledge to do so, and if things go wrong you will need to have access to another computer to make a recovery USB stick to restore your Chromebook to working order. Only try to install Windows on a Chromebook if you are a power user that has installed Windows on other machines in the past.

 
If you are thinking about buying a Chromebook but are worried that you won’t be able to use a wireless mouse with the device, stop worrying. The vast majority of wireless Bluetooth mice and wireless radio transfer mice in the marketplace are 100% compatible with Google Chromebooks. Over the past 7 years that I have spent working with Chromebooks from a range of manufacturers, I’ve never found a wireless mouse that was not immediately recognized by the system. Of course, if you planning to buy a new mouse, it would be advisable to check it is compatible with Chrome OS before placing your order.

Summary
My List of the Best Chromebooks for Education in 2018
Article Name
My List of the Best Chromebooks for Education in 2018
Description
Check out my list of my favourite Chromebooks for use in educational institutions and schools. I also provide my personal reason for using Goole Chromebooks in my secondary school in the UK.
Author

2 thoughts on “Best Chromebooks for Education in 2018

  1. Microsoft offers a completely free web-based version of Office called Office Online, complete with Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online. Microsoft even makes these apps available in the Chrome Web Store.

Leave a Comment