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Chromebook vs. Windows 8

24 Feb 2015 by Insight Editor

Since the implementation of Common Core standards in schools, many children are becoming more prepared for the real world through tools like apps and the Internet. Many textbook companies are even putting their own apps out in response to this shift. But with all the different types of devices competing for educational use, such as Chromebook vs. Windows 8, how do schools choose?

Here are two options we recommend:

  1. Google’s Chromebook

The Chromebook offers an inexpensive solution for evolving classrooms, while only weighing about two pounds. You can boot up to the Internet in about eight seconds or less, and students can fix their own issues with a simple restart. These are just a few reasons why the laptops of the past are being traded in for Chromebooks.

Chromebooks continue the trend toward a personalized learning environment. No matter which Chromebook a student uses, when they sign into Chrome, their settings, bookmarks, extensions, and browser themes travel with them. Apps, like Google Docs, enable students to collaborate on projects from their individual devices. Students are also able to create and share documents with their teachers easily, and see writing and editing done in real time.

  1. Windows 8

The new Windows 8 operating system now meets user needs regardless of device, whether it be a desktop, notebook, tablet, or mobile phone. In addition, Microsoft has created a new touch-oriented user interface as part of this new operating system. Teachers using this touch experience can help younger students who are still mastering hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills with the numerous controls over screen appearance and layout on Windows 8.

The new Windows 8 experience uses tile-based Windows 8 apps built specifically for educational use. Many of these apps are free, with friendly licenses that allow students to use them in the classroom and at home with equal ease.

Not only is a Windows 8 upgrade a smart option for schools, it may even be necessary. For schools still running versions of Windows XP, they are risking serious security threats and vulnerability to hacker groups. The support of Windows XP ended in April of 2014, which means there are no more security updates or technical support available to organizations still running this unsupported software.

To learn more about how Insight can help enable learning in the classroom through technology, please visit: https://www.ips.insight.com/us/en/ips/education.html