One of the most challenging things about the Chromebook is explaining what it is to people. When they see and interact with it, the initial reaction is that it is a laptop. This reaction brings with it a wealth of historical expectations.
But as Google says, the Chromebook “looks like a laptop, feels like a laptop, but…”. And that “but” is key.
Because if we see it as a traditional laptop and place comparisons on it from that perspective*, we are unable to explore all the things it can do because we get stuck on what it can’t do.
A Connected Learning Device?
My experience with the Chromebook is that it is a connected learning device rooted in the belief that the Internet is the future minded classroom; that thought, word, and deed are foundational; and, that the Google Experience along with Agency are key.
And a connected learning device-centric environment rooted in those beliefs seems to provide both a feasible and effective opportunity for engaging learners with emerging and connective technologies
*By no means am I comparing this to a Macbook laptop like I’ve seen time and time again. If cost and support are not obstacles, the Macbook is a perfect choice. I love my Apple laptop and would never compare the two. To do that is to the miss the point entirely.