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As someone who has used both devices, the iPads are a much better educational tool.  They have FAR more educational applications for students and tools for teachers.  Also, as far as a device with major built-in accessibility features for people with all kinds of needs including motor - there is no equal yet that I have seen to the iPad. 

Clarena

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On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Mark Kline <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
In addition to being lighter, the included camera/videocamera on iPads is a plus. Or be careful to purchase TS CBs that include camera(s) that face(s) both directions.

FWIW,  /\/\ ark

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Director of Technology
White River Valley Supervisory Union

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Keith Puffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Great feedback and concerns.

@Diane: Most of the usage I see at the younger grades the iPads are lying flat on tables.  Do you see this as well or is the weight concern prompted out of true mobile use?
@Diane: Did staff prefer the iPad over the Android tablets for reasons other than the app functionality?  If so did they have specific concerns or issues "against" the tablets?

Thanks folks.

Keith



On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Diane Stacy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Yes, thinking about it but...

Two things to consider:

1. Although we have not tried to do this replacement yet -- Touchscreen Chromebooks are much heavier than iPads.
2. Many staff are stuck on iPads... some have been given android tablets with the same apps and they still want iPads.

I think a touchscreen chromebook could be a really good device for 2nd grade at least. We are experimenting with a few of these.
We try to get 2nd graders on Chromebooks so they have time to get familiar with using it before they have to do SBACs.

Diane




On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 9:57 AM, Will Hatch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I'm also interested in this topic, as I'm considering replacing Ipads with touch-screen Chromebooks.  

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Keith Puffer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Good morning.

Looking for input from both the hardware and curricular side on this (I ALWAYS love hearing from everyone regardless of role).

Anyone had discussions on Chromebook replacement with newer touch Chromebooks that support the Android apps with the focus of the discussion being a hope to combine two platforms into one?  I see that many iOS apps are typically developed and released as Android apps (or perhaps it is the other way around).  

Do you see this emerging technology and functionality combining the two hardware devices?
What are your experiences or concerns moving forward with this line of thought?

Thanks in advance for any replies on and off list.

Keith

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