Technology plays a huge role in all aspects of our lives. We live in an era where we have unprecedented access to information. All of the changes that have taken place that involve how we access information has made a dramatic impact on the role of the teacher. In years past the teachers was the primary resource for the students. The teacher was the one who controlled the flow of knowledge. Now the role of the teacher is to help students find and evaluate information. Teachers must also help students acquire skills that didn't even exist 15 years ago. As schools begin to increase the amount of technology that is available to students we have to do everything we can to make sure that students know how to use it properly and responsibly. 

Educational Benefits of Chromebooks and GAFE:
  • Fast boot time – 7-8 seconds - They boot up in less than 8 seconds and resume instantly -- eliminating the typical down time wasted while traditional computers start up and connect to a network.
  • Applications, school work, and settings are stored in the cloud, so multiple students can use the same Chromebook and still have their own personalized experience when they sign in. 
  • The Google Applications are free for student use; such as Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation).
  • Allows for easy student and teacher collaboration and feedback.

IT Benefits of Chromebooks and GAFE:
  • Web Based Management
  • Reduced setup time
  • No programs to install – all student work will be saved in the cloud
  • No viruses and very secure
  • Updates are automatic 
  • Easy to use - minimal IT support needed.
  • Inexpensive - allows more devices to be purchased

Google Apps for Education
  • Free
  • word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, sites, networking, collaboration, and lots more
  • students can access their files from any device
  • students can share their work with their teachers
  • students can collaborate with others on the same project at the same time
  • unlimited potential
  • safe (management of GAFE and Chromebooks)
  • allows students to create projects, instead of just consuming information
  • Chromebooks specs on the Chromebook model Gering Public Schools purchased 

Much of the information in this article is from the Bridgeport Public Schools site. 
Bridgeport Public Schools IT Department
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Why Chromebooks?
  • Cost - 1/3 cost of a laptop
  • 1/10th the setup time
  • less IT support needed, automatic updates, 
  • easy to use, fast, light
  • start up in 7 seconds
  • long battery life
  • thousands of free web-apps available
  • internet based - student data is stored online and accessible from any device
  • works with digital resources we already use
  • Research shows that technology-transformed interventions improve learning
  • Allow for collaborative, project based lessons and learning
  • Technology based, online collaboration and personalized instruction helps with student engagement and learning

  • Over 30 Million Google Apps for Education Users 
    180 Countries
  • 74 out of the top 100 Colleges in the US, including 7/8 Ivy League schools, use Google Apps.
  • Over 2400 school districts in the US use Google Apps.