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Keith & Craig - I have not yet had a request for a Chromebook that runs Android apps. I don't feel the need to lead in this area. 

As a sysadmin I know puts it "I like Chromebooks. I hate everything else." But given that the devices aren't chosen for what I like, we do use iPads in K-2. I do hate putting a $50 (stm dux) case on an iPad, but they do end up pretty invincible. 

steve

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:36 AM, Craig Lyndes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This is the second year we have had touch chromebooks (with Android compatibility).  We got them to replace iPads for our first graders, which were being passed down to the PreK/K teams.  

We can get about 2.5 chromebooks for the price of 1 ipad.
They are much easier to manage.
The kids will be getting chromebooks for their 1:1 in 3rd grade.

Things we noticed that we weren't expecting;

We have not used the Android compatibility, all of the apps we are using with the little kids are available in chrome.  
A surprising number of the first graders are using the keyboard, they prefer this mode to the folded over tablet mode.
Keeping the devices in a cart in the classroom has resulted in no damage (so far).



On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:18 AM, Wendy Bruso <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Something to keep in mind that a cracked touch chromebook screen costs $150 for a new screen versus $50-60 for a non-touch screen.

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:13 AM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Oh, I agree with you on that.  There are great cases for chromebooks, too.  There just aren't any great always on cases for "yoga" style Chromebooks, which is too bad, because the yoga style strikes me as the ultimate in versatility if you're going to use Android apps.  It's  laptop with a keyboard when you need it, and a tablet when you want to put it on the table and draw on it.

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 7:45 AM, Clarena Renfrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
With regard to the damage Robert mentioned, you can get almost indestructible cases for iPads.  I have seen candy cases thrown across the room by a child and the iPad had no damage.

Clarena

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On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:28 PM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We're 1:1 with Chromebooks, I've nothing against touch screens and android apps, but the kids are really hard on these chromebooks. Screens, hinges, keys, cracked shells,...  Buying beefier cases this year seems to have slowed the steady stream of freshmen into my office with damaged Chromebooks quite a bit.  But with the Chromebooks that flip to become tablets, like the Acer R11 that I bought for my use, the kids would have to take the cases off to use them as tablets, and I fear they'll take them off permanently, and my damage rate will soar again.  

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

Mark Kline, M.Ed.
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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