iPads versus Chromebooks in the classroom – What to choose?
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iPads versus Chromebooks in the classroom – What to choose?


Welcome back to EdTech School. Today’s topic is about iPad vs Chromebook. The digital classroom comes with many decissions to make The most important one may be choosing the right device, fit for your teaching or school objectives. In this video I will help you make that crucial decission. Afterwards it’s up to you to convince the big boss. The first key point is price. iPads are more expensive than Chromebooks You can get an iPad for about €500 or you can pay about €200 and already have a good and cheap Chromebook. A key reason for schools to pick the more expensive iPad over the cheaper Chromebook, is the enormous amount of high quality apps and books available for the iPad. The iPad was the first tablet to see big adoption in the school market, so it’s natural that developers went to that platform first. The Chromebook is quickly catching up though. iPads are easy to carry around. They are flat, and small and fit in every school bag. The touch interface is very intuitive and easy for young children to learn. Chromebooks are larger, wheigh more and usually don’t have a touch screen. Of course, it certainly depends on which kind of Chromebook you buy. Another advantage of the iPad is that you can use the iPad while holding. You can go on a trip and take meaningful study pictures. A Chromebook must be used when sitting down. A disadvantage for the iPad is definately the keyboard. There is no keyboard included unless you pay extra to get a Bluetooth keyboard. It’s not so easy to type long texts when using the iPad. The Chromebook does have a keyboard, which is nicer. Next up: the battery life of the device. In order to carry around a tablet, it must have a long lasting battery. The iPad has one that can last for days. If you use a lot of apps, which you are probably going to do, the iPad should last at least for 8 hours That’s very long in comparison with the typical Chromebook. Of course, it all depends on what kind of Chromebook you buy. A more expensive Chromebook can last 8 hours as well. If you buy a Chromebook because it’s cheap, the Chromebook will have to be plugged in a lot. That makes moving around more difficult. Whether the device is untuitive or not is also important. iPads are those things on which a preschooler can strum faster than they can crawl and on which teenage girls edit their selfies to the perfect profile picture. My point? iPads are very intuitive for young children and are already a part of a teenager’s life. With the iPad you entering the student’s comfort zone. A Chromebook is less intuitive, but is also already a part of a teenager’s life. Number 5 is quality. The iPad has an excellent build quality therefore, it is more fit for viewing high resolution photos or using educational apps. The iPad also offers a brighter screen and shows a wider range of accurate colors. Of course, this is reflected in the iPad’s higher price. A Chromebook has a cheaper build quality. I know, that doesn’t mean they aren’t suited for school. You can still do a lot with the Chromebook. What’s the device’s purpose? Well, an iPad is very interactive and is famous for its huge range of apps. But students can’t comfortably edit documents or write an essay with it. This is a type of task where a chromebook shines. It’s often said that iPads are more of a consumption device, and Chromebooks are better at writing and editing.
Is a device easy to manage? That is the seventh key point. Have you ever had a problem with technology, that even the IT department couldn’t fix? Very frustrating, isn’t it? Both iPads and Chromebooks are very nearly immune to virusses so equally appealing in that respect. But Chromebooks are much easier to manage than iPads. Chromebook management is built right into the Google Apps admin console on the web. If your school is already using Google Apps for Education it should be very simple to use. The final point I will cover is the shareability. Chromebooks support multiple separate user accounts. And therefore, can be shared amoung students. They don’t belong to one single person. The shareability of the iPad is limited. iPads were traditionally single user devices. You can of course share one amoung your students but you’ll see eachother’s data. However, Apple has improved this with the iOS 9.3 update It’s now possible to add different accounts for students on one iPad. Fair warning though: this capability is only available on recent devices with a lot of memory. So that was it for this week’s video. For a closer look, you can always visit our blog. Thanks for watching!

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6 thoughts on “iPads versus Chromebooks in the classroom – What to choose?

  1. The chromebook is a sheet i use it at school and it turn off alone and you are riting something at class and stops alone

  2. chromebook can do all those things listed lol
    also for school students from middle to college arent going to be using ipads to get through classes

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