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Hi Jon

That article is a bit confusing. Here's a quote from his argument for a netbook 

"But that right there is the entirety of the argument: Chromebooks run nearly anything that can run in a web browser -- and that's it. "

Microsoft 365 now runs in a browser. The author's whole premise lies in the fact that people need Microsoft products which require a full OS BUT the office suite doesn't anymore. Further, most of the lawyers I have ever worked for or with have used a RDC or Citrix connection negating the need for a full OS locally. 

Just adding my .02 



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On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM, Mike Vining <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

We have one.  It is very solid, orders of magnitude better than the HP 11.  But, the whole thing feels oversized.  There’s tons of empty space on the bezel which makes it look weird in my opinion. 

 

Over all the construction is top notch… well, top notch for a $300 device.

 

Mike

 

 

 

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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Craig Donnan
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Subject: Re: [({Spam?})] Re: Chromebooks vs. Macbook Air

 

I want Mike Kanfer and Larry Dougher to check in here about build.  HP's line http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/us/en/pdp/Laptops/hp-chromebook---14-x050nr-%28energy-star%29

 

is getting strong build reviews for quality and has touch screen for tablet like interface.

 

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On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you to everyone has contributed precious time to this dialogue.  Great conversation so far.   However, I'm surprised to see very little about durability, hardware reliability, battery life, etc.

 

Also, while I completely understand the "choose the right tool for your needs" argument, I wonder if 'our' needs as a school are really the same as the needs of our students?  It would be arrogant for us to think that the only benefit students gain from these devices is through school-related activities.  I think about all the 'other' learning that might occur outside of school hours that is driven by the curiosity of our students and not by the "needs of our school.'  If our goal is to fully EMPOWER our students, then perhaps the macbook would be the better choice.

 

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM, Linda McSweeney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

When teachers, students, and parents ask me, I share Chris Lehman's (our keynote at Vermontfest) response with them....

 

Meanwhile, Christopher Lehmann, SLA's principal and the recipient of a new grant from Dell to fund the adoption of Chromebooks, argues that the $300-dollar devices are a potential game-changer for schools, providing 90 percent of the functionality of traditional laptops at one-fourth the price.

"I really think Chromebooks have the potential to revolutionize the way schools are thinking about technology," Lehmann said. "There is no more financial argument to be made about why a district can't go 1-to-1."

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2013/12/switch_from_mac_chromebook.html

And my corollary to the 90% percent functionality, 25% of the cost is:  ...and 100% equity for students.  Chromebooks level the playing field.

Linda

 


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On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Mike Vining <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I don’t think you can fairly compare the most expensive solution to the least expensive solution.  The question just doesn’t make sense to my brain, but I’m a systems kind’a guy.

 

Mac vs. Windows, I get.  Chromebook vs. Tablet, I get.  Chromebook vs. Windows/Mac I don’t get.

 

Mike

 

 

 

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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matthew Allen
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 10:09 AM
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Subject: [({Spam?})] Re: Chromebooks vs. Macbook Air

 

While I am extremely biased, I love that this is a conversation!

 

On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Macbook Air versus the Chromebook for a High School 1to1 program in Vermont?  Please leave your feedback on this Google Doc - https://docs.google.com/document/d/19vHzv9o5En_K5ARJpV8PNAcRsMsSMZTTiLEOfUk_Au8/edit?usp=sharing

 

(p.s. we specifically chose not to include tablets, so we'll have to have that debate elsewhere...)

 

Thanks!

 

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