The easy access to online resources, affordability and durability made Chromebooks the perfect option for HISD, which piloted 350 Chromebooks in junior high and high school in 2012. Chromebooks, Google’s laptop running Chrome OS, are fast, portable, secure devices that allow students to easily get online, find educational resources, and collaborate and learn.
The district also signed up for Google Apps for Education, which is a web-based productivity suite with email, calendar and document creation, free for schools. This meant that the costly, high maintenance Exchange server was no longer needed and time and resources could be re-focused elsewhere.
“The convenience of having a device where everything is stored online and boots up at lightening speed means teachers can now use them in the classroom whenever they think they could help. When you consider all the software licenses, server investment and ongoing maintenance costs of running regular laptops, we were blown away by how cost-effective and practical the Chromebooks were,” adds Mayer.