Open Thread Wednesday: Revisiting Travel Computing

ProfHacker

Choosing a new computer for travel has gotten more complicated thanks to the range of options, from the affordable Chromebooks (which Jason tested and Amy converted to Linux ) to the ubiquitous Macbook Air to the Windows Surface and other hybrids.

Apple and Microsoft Now Offer $100 Styluses. But Do Schools Need—or Want—Them?

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Of course, Apple is not the only supplier offering a stylus. Microsoft does, too, and various pens from third-party manufacturers are beginning to dot the touchscreen Chromebook market. Already the company offers a touchscreen Chromebook, the Spin 11, with a stylus, which retail together for about $350. Samsung offers its own $30 pen for its Chromebook Plus and Pro lines. Losing a pencil in the classroom may be annoying—but at least they’re cheap to replace.

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Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

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A year later, in their second grade, Google launched the first Chromebooks. Being connected, as is required to get iPads and Chromebooks up and running, is assumed. Chromebooks, Windows 10, and Apple (uh oh) The rise of Chromebooks will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the intense increase in popularity of the inexpensive notebooks in classrooms. This Chrome OS share, of course, has made Microsoft angry.

K–12 Districts Prepare Students for Careers in the Tech-Dominated Economy

EdTech Magazine

The district’s Career Readiness program, part of the formal ­curriculum, offers 130 courses, many of which prepare students for high-tech jobs or for working with modern office technology. The district has mobile ­computer labs in all schools and provides Samsung Chromebooks and Lenovo ThinkPads loaded with Google Apps for Education. K–12 Districts Prepare Students for Careers in the Tech-Dominated Economy. juliet.vanwage…. Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:24.

School STEM Labs Inspire Students, Power Innovation

EdTech Magazine

That commitment includes building state-of-the-art labs at its middle and high schools, where students can work on projects as part of their engineering courses or after-school clubs. The district equips students in grades three through 12 with Chromebooks , but to access software necessary for STEM activities, such as computer-aided design programs and Adobe Creative Cloud , the IT department needed high-powered Windows-based computers, says Jeff Faust, the district’s technology director.

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