Google's Chromebooks aren't getting any major traction with consumers, it seems, but they are getting rather popular in schools. Today, during the annual FETC ed-tech conference in Orlando, Google announced that "hundreds of schools in 41 states across the U.S. are using one or more classroom sets of Chromebooks today." Many of these have decided to buy one Chromebook for every single one of their students.
Google specifically stressed that three new school districts in Iowa, Illinois and South Carolina have decided to provide 1-to-1 computing to their students (that is, one computer for every student). The Richland School District Two in South Carolina alone is deploying 19,000 Chromebooks to its students.
Google, of course, touts the fact that these laptops are very easy to deploy and maintain for the school districts. Even though the company likes to publish these numbers and anecdotes, it has never announced how many Chromebooks exactly it has sold and how many are being used in school and businesses.
What's good to see, however, is that Google is not going to give up on the Chromebook idea anytime soon, though we can't help but wonder if those 19,000 students in South Carolina wouldn't have preferred an iPad instead of a relatively underpowered Atom-based laptop.