I love my Acer R11, it runs Android apps, it has a touch screen, the keyboard folds around to make a tablet, but I've only bought one, for me.  It has very square corners, and I credit the rounded corners of the Lenovo N21 and N22 I've been buying for the students with preventing a lot of case cracking when the things are dropped.  We also couldn't put iPearl mCovers on them and still be able to fold them into tablets.  So as much as I love it,I dunno if I'm gonna recommend them for the kids just yet.

Like I said, we've been buying Lenovos.  I get them from Trinity3 in Minnesota, they sell them with their own extended warranties on them.  So far, so good, dealing with them.  I'm buying them with 4 year warranties, with ADP, for just a bit over $200, so I shouldn't ever have to fix them.  It's nice to know the cost of providing a kid with a Chromebook for 4 years is pretty much fixed right up front.  The N21s had quite a few wifi issues the first year, which seems to have settled down.  We're experiencing a lot of keyboard failures in the N22 this year.  Makes me glad I opted for the extended warranties, though of course these would be covered with even a 1 year so far.  Other than that, I love them, other than the issues mentioned, and the occasional broken screen, we get a lot fewer back for repair than we did with the Acer C720s we first bought, and they're generally in much better shape when we do see them than the Acers were.  We're seeing a lot less of the Acers than we did when the kids who have them were freshmen and sophomores, too, and they still have them, so perhaps kids are finally smartening up to the fact that you can't just toss your bookbag around the way you used to, too, or these things aren't gonna last 4 years.  

On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 8:02 PM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Unfortunately, as of a few weeks ago, Android apps were not available yet for edu accounts.  

 But I am planing on our next round of Chromebooks to be touch-screen.  

Bjorn Behrendt M.Ed ~ Never Stop Learning

On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 4:47 PM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Along with your questions
I'm also wondering if any schools are using the Chromebooks that can run Android Apps  and if so.. what potential benefits you see considering these.

Looks like this article from yesterday has newer models 

Another thought that is coming to mind lately is how we factor in ergonomics that impact our users in the long run.
I know that I have issues with my wrist and right shoulder  when I use certain keyboards/track pads. 
I found that this condition was aggravated when I was using my Chromebook and went away when I switched to a different keyboard.  I also noticed that my vision was challenged with certain displays. 
If we are asking students or teachers to use technology more and more each day,  ergonomics factors may need to examined when we select a device. 

Of course carrying too much weight in my bookbag also had negative impact and I started to distribute the weight between two bags - one for each shoulder.   

Just some thoughts that I've been having lately


On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 2:03 PM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I know this topic has come up a lot, but things move quickly in the tech world and Winooski needs to refresh this thread.  

We’ve been using the CTL NL6 ChromeBook in grades 5 - 10 and and really like it.  Well, ok, we *mostly* like it.  The specs and speed are great, it’s really easy to repair, parts are reasonably priced and the machine itself is a great buy.  The screens aren’t great (and are pretty fragile), and the keyboard is meh, but did I mention it’s speedy?

The NL6 is no longer available, being replaced with the NL6 1.  Aaaaaaannnd now the rub: the new model requires a different charger, replacement screen, and other parts.  So, if we’re going to support 2 different sets of items for repair/inventory, we’d rather broaden our search to include other makes, especially one(s) with a better screen (with an option for a  bigger screen for teachers).

Not interested in touch screen.  Durability, better screen,  a quad core processor - these we want.



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