With their low cost of ownership, expansive collaboration capability and ease of management Chromebooks are experiencing exceptional growth within the education market. Today, nearly 60% of the 30 million primary and secondary students in the United States use a Chromebook surpassing Microsoft and Apple as the most commonly used mobile OS in education.
Low Cost of Ownership – Because Chromebooks are essentially a web-only machine using the lightweight Chrome OS that has limited on system applications the hardware requirements are lower making the overall cost for the device significantly less expensive than other traditional machines. With schools struggling to maximize their budgets, Chromebooks have become increasingly more affordable. Click here to read the IDC White Paper on The Economic Value of Chromebooks for Educational Institutions.
Collaboration – Collaboration among students and teachers is essential in the modern classroom. Using tools like GSuite, which can be accessed through Google Drive, the classroom experience can be enhanced through real-time collaboration. And, because Google Drive is a cloud based solution it can be accessed anytime or anywhere no matter if the user is at school or home.
Management – Another benefit of Chromebooks is the Google Admin Console, which is a web based interface that allows the school’s technical administrator the ability to easily push settings to thousands of devices instantly. In addition, the Admin Console allows support for multiple students to use a single Chromebook throughout the day. Students simply login to gain access to their apps, files, and settings. After they log out everything is saved to the cloud, and the system returns to its original state ready for the next user.