If you are a Google Apps school and want to leverage all of the Google Apps then Chromebooks would be my recommendation… and not just for older students. My ideal would be to have 1:1 Chromebook environment for grades 4-12, and maybe a mixed environment for younger students with both Chromebooks and tablets dispersed throughout classrooms. (but again, I don’t make decision in our district so I can’t speak from experience)
I've got a side gig once a week helping a local middle school. They want to pilot a 1:1 program with 15 8th graders in the fall. Eventually it will be at least 6, 7, 8th grades.
I'm looking for any thoughts on iPads vs Chromebooks.
The school uses Google for it's LMS and two Macbook carts and two iPad carts now for students. Teachers have Macbooks, Elmos, some Starboards. IT is the science teacher, and I do 4 hours a week for Tech Integration. We are funding the pilot, not the parents.
Our current hypothesis is that younger kids are good with the iPad carts. They are tactile, and below the 6th grade, perhaps 1:1s are not as needed. In the 6-8th grades though, we think it might be good to move to a full keyboard laptop, but a rugged one that we can lock down to focus on our Google Apps, making it a school computer. We don't have money for Airbooks, and we don't want PCs due to the increased IT load and cost for the the small school.
Chromebooks: We like Chromebooks and have tested them. They seem to have low IT load, easy wireless admin, and be a great school computer. We are looking at their Java issues. (We are interested in the Lenovo Education Chromebook too, any users our there?). We'd keep the iPads for the tactical younger kids below 6th grade, and the Macbooks for media editing.
iPads: We are a mostly Mac school, and iPads are getting better with Google Drive. We've heard from other schools that the IT load can be low if you let the parents and kids keep them updated. We've talked to some schools who simply put software serial numbers in emails or mailboxes and have the kids/parents download Apps. We use Configurator now, and it sucks, but it's faster then tweaking 20 iPads on a single USB with only iTunes.
Thoughts oh wise list?
Case studies in VT?