Chromebooks have revolutionized the way technology is used in classroom environments. During the 2015-2016 school year, it is estimated that one-sixth of students and teachers will receive a new computer, and one half of those deployed computers will be a Chromebook. Furthermore, the Education sector accounted for 85% of Chromebook sales in 2013. There are several reasons that Chromebooks have been taking off as a primary K-12 classroom technology, including:
Low Price Point
Competition among the various Chromebook manufacturers has driven down the price of devices. In 2015, the percent of Chromebooks sold for under $300 crossed the 50% mark. Devices costing less than $200 are beginning to edge their way in as well, with Asus and Acer models coming in at sub $200 price points.
Cloud Based Software
Making a Chromebook competitive is more than just a matter of hardware and price point. In order to be competitive, Chromebook manufacturers are constantly innovating and improving their device’s cloud-based architecture to provide genuine advantages to users.
Need for Online Assessment
K-12 Chromebooks are a secure platform for administering student assessments. Chromebooks meet K-12 education standards for these assessments and have the capability for educators to disable students’ access to the web during certain times and control other features such as screenshots and printing.
Though Chromebooks are an ideal technology for the K-12 environment, we at Brenthaven have learned that Chromebooks are fragile and highly prone to damage. Brenthaven has been designing and building protective cases for K-12 settings since long before Chromebooks existed, and we know what it takes to provide best-in-class device protection.
Read more about Hot Devices for Education in our Hot K-12 Device Roundup