The EdTech Coach Blog is written by Stephen Mosley. He is an EdTech Coach, Educator,Tech Enthusiast, EdTech Blogger, and Podcaster.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Chromebase is a Good Option for Schools
Chromebase computers are a good option for educational institutions. No, that's not a typo. I did say "Chromebase," not "Chromebook."
First, let me describe what a Chromebase is. It runs the same Chrome OS that Chromebooks run. So, if you're familiar with a Chromebook, you know what a Chromebase is all about. The one thing that differentiates it from a Chromebook is that it's a stationary desktop computer. It's an all in one, with a 21.5 inch screen. It comes with a wired keyboard and wired mouse.
So why is the Chromebase a good option for schools over the Chromebook? First of all, it's a great option for computer labs and research centers. In most cases, students use the computer lab to conduct research using the internet. A Chromebase would be a cheaper option for schools rather than maintaining and purchasing new Windows machines. If a student needs to create a document or presentation, they can simply use Google Docs or their Microsoft Office online account. The school doesn't have to worry about kids downloading malware as Chrome OS won't install executable programs.
The Chromebase is also a good option for a classroom. In some instances, Chromebooks are tethered to desks or tables for fear of them being removed from the classroom without permission. Also, instead of settling for a lesser powered Chromebook model, a Chromebase comes equipped with an Intel processor. As with Chromebooks, the Chromebase is easy to set up and maintain. And, as I said earlier, the institution doesn't have to worry about a student downloading malware or putting a virus on the system. As Chrome OS use continues to grow, I suspect we'll see more and more Chrome OS based desktops in education.