Chromebooks and laptops...what's the difference?
All of the district's laptops use Microsoft Windows as their operating system, as do all of our desktops. Chromebooks on the other hand use a version of the Google Chrome browser as their operating system. That means Chromebooks have some definite strengths and weaknesses.
- fully integrated with Google Apps for Education
- great for anything internet-based
- able to work on Google Drive documents, even without an internet connection
- fast - Chromebooks use solid-state drives, which means no moving pieces, which means faster start up, use, and shut down
- no Windows updates
- changes made to Chrome, like bookmarks, extensions, etc., automatically travel from one device to another
- no standalone programs - you can't install things like Word
- while you can edit drive documents offline, Chromebooks really shine when they have an internet connection
- not networked - you can't access your H: drive at school on a Chromebook