Information technology isn’t just about devices; it’s also about the software and the Internet that connects the two. It’s about finding the best solutions for the school. It’s about thinking forward, yet being diligent in finding the right tools to use. Seven of the eight Ivy League universities and 72 of 2013’s top 100 U.S. universities have gone Google with Google Apps for Education.
This school year, Brother Rice has chosen four classes to run a pilot program using Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, all freshman and sophomore students will be required to purchase a Chromebook for use throughout their time at Brother Rice.
Chromebooks fill three big needs – they’re easy for students and teachers to use, they’re easy to share, and they’re easy to manage. Some of the features that Chromebooks provide over other device options include, but are not limited to:
- Full version of the Internet, not limited to an app
- Creation vs. consumption
- Google Ecosystem for Collaboration (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
- Reduced cost with eBooks
According to IDC’s latest report on tablets and laptops in K-12 education, Chromebooks are the best-selling device in the U.S. this year.
There are a couple of options available for students to obtain their Chromebooks, which are outlined below and in this downloadable PDF.
Please direct questions to our IT Director, Sandra Jones.