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Google: Chromebooks Are Now in “Hundreds of Schools”

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.

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  1. The Richland school district mentioned in the article has licensed Ericom AccessNow for VMware View for use along with their Chromebooks by its students and staff. AccessNow for VMware View will be deployed across its 35 K-12 schools.

    Ericom AccessNow for VMware View is a pure HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to their VMware virtual desktops – and run those desktops in a browser. It does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices – an HTML5 browser is all that is required.

    For more information on this case study, visit:

    http://www.ericom.com/pr/pr_111206.asp?URL_ID=708

    Adam

    Note: I work for Ericom

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