Trustees have approved a
"Students are going to be accessing Internet-based resources, Web-based applications, and we're just moving more into the digital world," Sahli said.
Chromebooks are small, lightweight laptops. Most Chromebook models have 11-inch screens and compact keyboards and can be purchased for
Along with their slight frames, however, Chromebooks are also light on software. They don't have large hard drives and cannot store large files or traditional software like Microsoft Office or other tools.
What they can do, Sahli said, is connect to a wireless Internet signal and run
On the positive side, Sahli said students can access their
"There's no more 'I forgot my homework at home,' " Sahli said.
Some teachers in
Kenmotsu said her students prefer the Chromebooks to a larger laptop because they take up less real estate on their desks "and they have space for the Chromebook and a textbook or binder."
Functionality-wise, Kenmotsu said the Chromebooks have been very useful. One student in her class built a smartphone application on one. She did warn that a strong Internet connection is vital.
"There are two pieces to this, and any computer, getting on the information superhighway," said Kenmotsu, who was working in her classroom Thursday. "The Chromebook is like the car, and that's half of it. The other half is your broadband connection. If you're in a traffic jam, you don't get far. So, your ability to connect is very important."
Some computer enthusiasts do express some concerns about school districts placing so much emphasis on low-powered Chromebooks.
He said Chromebooks have very little functionality if offline, and most businesses don't rely on Google services.
"You'll find that in the business world, people aren't running (
Diskin said he does understand that schools have monetary constraints, and he hopes the Chromebooks will be successful.
"The business world might use (Microsoft) Office, but
While public schools appear to be favoring the inexpensive Chromebooks, some other schools are going in a different direction. St. Mary's High Computer Services Director
Heath said the school hopes the cost of the iPad will be offset by cheaper digital textbooks.
(c)2014 The Record (Stockton, Calif.)
Visit The Record (Stockton, Calif.) at www.recordnet.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services