Submitted by Fiona Beal
Last week I was kindly loaned a Chromebook by Alister Payne, Deputy Principal at WPPS school in Cape Town. (Their school is planning to use Chromebooks throughout). Great excitement! These devices are currently not readily available in South Africa…but the first consignments are on their way! I had the privilege of using a Chromebook at the Google Teacher Academy in New York in 2012 and was impressed with its immediate start up speed in less than 10 seconds, it’s 8 hour battery and its light weight…not to mention it’s cheap cost (R3,500)! Ever since that time I have been waiting in anticipation for them to hit the South African market. They are mainly ideal for a 1:1 classroom with good Internet connectivity.
The video below is a quick take on Chromebooks.
My first task was simply getting to know the Chromebook. A wonderful interactive Thinglink image created by Rafranz David was a great start! Click on the image below to be taken to the original Thinglink Interactive image.