The Phantom Voice
For the First time ever the freshmen class of 2021 at Bayport Blue Point High School were given each their own personal chromebook to use for school. Each freshmen has the responsibility of charging it at home and bringing it to school everyday. If anythings happens to the chromebook they will be fined over $400. Since students each have their own it's their responsibility to take care of it, but if the chromebook isn't working properly they can bring it to the library for assistance. Each chromebook has a case to improve its durability. The goal is to have the chromebooks travel with the freshmen class of 2021 until senior year. Students use the chromebooks in many classes to follow along with the teacher on the smartboard or to take notes. Teachers use google classroom to post homework and other classroom assignments, which is very useful. Some websites are restricted, so students can't go on anything that isn't appropriate for school.
The chromebooks are touch screen, which is a cool feature and can be flipped into different positions. They have an amazing battery life and can last up to 10 hours without a single charge. If a student forgets to charge it, the chromebook won't die on them. These computers are updated instantly, so students don't have to worry about updating it. Also they don't take up a lot of space in backpacks and aren't heavy, which is a necessity because students carry them around with them all day. Chromebooks are made by Google, so every time you login you are also logging into your google account. Many teachers use google drive or google classroom, so it's easily accessible. Students can turn in papers using google drive, so they can’t lose their paper or accidently forget it.
This may seem like a con, but closed systems like Apple operating systems and Chrome OS are less likely to get bugs and viruses. This make the devices safer and less prone to malicious software. There is no need to worry about viruses. If you have a school-wide test, website, or program you want used (and nothing else) chromebooks are great for this. With the prevalence of online testing it is a pain to install programs on multiple computers. With a chromebook you can “Push Out” a program to all your devices at once and if you want you can force each one to default to only one application. This feature known as Kiosk Mode can also be set so that users don’t have to have a google account to use it. This can be great for form data collection or testing programs that use a unique login like those from Pearson and McGraw Hill. There are tons of apps in the Google Play for Education store. Some free, some at a cost, but most pretty easily integrate with Drive. Overall chromebooks are a great computer to use for education and are easily usable for students.