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http://edudemic.com/2013/01/ipad-or-chromebook-4-questions-to-ask-before-choosing/

While reading Charlie's comment, I thought to share this article.

Carole
On Apr 1, 2013 11:43 AM, "Charlie Wilson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Caleb,
>
> It is not about the device, it is about how a device is going to be used.
>  I use focus questions to determine the device.
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> I.E. Does the school have a Google Apps for Education? Do the students
> have email and how are the students and educators sharing and collaborating
> information?  Do the educators have Personal Learning Networks. What
> classrooms are project based? How are the students currently using the
> technology?
>
> Also, watch out for the barriers, locked down devices, limited wireless
> access, limited email for students, blocked social networking......  Again,
> it not just about protecting the children but preparing the children to
> be responsible learners.
>
> Creating a vision that develops educational practices will help you make
> the decision on what device your school needs.
>
> Both iPads and Chrome Books have value and both need to be managed.
>
> We need to rethink what's possible.
>
> Here are two links to a Kindergarten class.
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> http://kindergartenlife.wordpress.com/about/
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> http://kindergartenlife.wordpress.com/about/
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> On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM, Elizabeth McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
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>> 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)****
>>
>> ** **
>>
>> *From:* School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:
>> [log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Caleb Clark
>> *Sent:* Monday, April 01, 2013 9:51 AM
>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>> *Subject:* iPad vs Chromebook for 8th grade 1:1****
>>
>> ** **
>>
>> 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. ****
>>
>> ** **
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>> I'm looking for any thoughts on iPads vs Chromebooks. ****
>>
>> ** **
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>> 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. ****
>>
>> ** **
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>> *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. ****
>>
>> ** **
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>> *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<http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/education/devices/lenovo-x131e-chromebook.html#len-x131e> too,
>> any users our there?). We'd keep the iPads for the tactical younger kids
>> below 6th grade, and the Macbooks for media editing. ****
>>
>> ** **
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>> *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.
>> ****
>>
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>> Thoughts oh wise list?****
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>> Case studies in VT?****
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>> --
>> *Caleb Clark
>> *Director: Educational technology program<http://gradschool.marlboro.edu/academics/edtech/>.
>> Marlboro College Graduate School.
>> Masters degree. Certificate. ETS endorsement. Single classes. Workshops.
>> Contact: [log in to unmask] | 802-258-9207****
>>
>> ** **
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> Charles Wilson
> St George, VT
> "If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said ‘a faster
> horse."
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