Are Chromebooks Good Laptops for Students?

Kia ora Ashley whanau.

In 2015, Ashley School introduced a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. This does not mean that it is compulsory to have a device, but for those students who do, their general class work in all curriculum areas, instantly becomes easier to do.

There’s a lot to like about Chromebooks. They’re budget-friendly, have a lot of options, and are powerful enough to get things done. If you’re shopping for a laptop for school, they are pretty attractive.

First, Understand What You’re Getting with Chrome OS

In most ways, Chromebooks are just laptops. Sure, they have somewhat different specs than your traditional Intel-powered, off-the-shelf notebook, but the big feature that sets them apart is Chrome OS.

Chrome OS is, essentially, the Chrome browser in operating system form. It’s designed to use your Google account to centralize as much of your work as possible, and store it all in the cloud. Most of the applications you’ll use are web-based, and almost all of them will store their data online. That’s the beauty of Chrome OS: If something were to happen to your laptop, ideally you’d be backed up and running quickly just by logging in to another one. This is what makes Chromebooks a great option for school students.

Chromebooks are designed to be “terminals” rather than your main computer, so they don’t have powerful graphics cards, they don’t generally offer a ton of storage, and often use low power processors. Some may have high-end screens and keyboards, but they’ll still have drawbacks over a traditional laptop. They are NOT a laptop computer.

Chromebooks are ideal for students because they’re generally affordable, and even though Chrome OS isn’t exactly a super-flexible operating system, it’s mature and robust enough for you to do almost everything you need to do, especially if your world revolves around the web. Are Chromebooks Good Laptops for Students?

As all of our students from Year 3-8 have their own school Google account, the Chromebook is the ideal go-to device to make everything they need accessible.

 

So there you have it. If you have any questions about getting a device for your child for school, please do not hesitate to ask the childs homeroom teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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