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Chromebook or Windows 10?

28 Aug 2015 by Shay Moser

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 10, how do schools choose?

Here are two options we recommend:

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. Google also offers a suite of programs specially for schools, including Google Apps for Education, Google Play for Education, and class-specific ChromeOS and Android apps.

Google has also made it easy to disable stolen or lost Chromebooks, making it useless for any crook. And Chromebooks require no anti-virus programs and can automatically update with the latest patches.

There are still rumors about Chromebooks being useless offline. But it’s just not the case. They have a variety of offline features.

Windows 10

The new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system combines the best of everything — from Windows 7 and 8, to new features, and it runs on everything, regardless of device. In addition, teachers will particularly like the new, native Teacher app with touch-based design for mobile monitoring around the classroom. On a personal computer, a desktop app allows more detailed, mouse-driven observation.

Features built into the Teacher app include sharing lesson details, objectives and outcomes, a student register, monitoring of screens, student help request and more. Teachers can use the new Start menu to customize the tiles with theses apps and others for a desktop that suits their educational needs.

Not only is a Windows 10 upgrade a smart option for schools, it may be necessary. For schools running versions of Windows 7 and 8, they are upgraded for free to an equivalent version of Windows 10. It’s more secure than any prior version of Windows, too.

Whether you choose Google Chromebook or Windows 10 depends on your budget, needs and the operating system you’re refreshing. Both have pros and cons when it comes to interface, apps and software, video and photo editing, Web browsing, file management, productivity, gaming, media playback, security, hardware options and value.

Visit insight.com or call us at 1.800.INSIGHT for help understanding these technologies and how they can work for your students and teachers.