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Google to supply schools with 27,000 Chromebooks

updated 04:40 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2012

Three districts to get Chromebooks for pupils

At the Florida Educational Technology Conference on Wednesday, Google Chromebook for business and education head Rajen Sheth announced three school districts have signed on to receive 27,000 of the browser-powered notebooks. The devices will be used by students in Iowa, Illinois and South Carolina. In addition, hundreds of schools in 41 states have at least one classroom with a Chromebook, Sheth added.

The notebooks are easy to set up for numerous users, as evidenced by their deployment at a Palo Alto library where they can be signed out. Users simply log into their web account for customized apps and settings. They also tout eight-second boot times and an 8.5-hour battery life.

The Chromebooks are also always updated, and schools don't have to shoulder the costs of updating costlier software, including the labor to deploy it and license fees, Sheth said.

The Richland School District Two in South Carolina plans to use 19,000 Chromebooks in a three-year program with students in grades from 3 to 12. Council Bluffs Community School District in Iowa said it will use 2,800 of the devices at its high schools and 1,500 in middle school. In the fall, the plan is to give one to every pupil. [via CNET]

by MacNN Staff



  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better than their other option

    ...which was to use them for landfill.

  1. EC4IT

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Access to Windows Applications

    The Richland school district mentioned in the article has licensed Ericom AccessNow for VMware View for use along with their Chromebooks by its 30,000 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:


    Note: I work for Ericom

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