19 Feb RESEARCH PAPER: Choosing Chromebooks for Education

A broadening trend in K-12 education is the use of Chromebooks, driven by digitization of educational tools and materials. The heart of Chromebooks, Google’s Chrome OS, is a free operating system, which is maintained and updated by Google over the cloud and helps lower acquisition costs for school districts. According to Google, Chromebooks give “students, teachers, and administrators a simple solution for fast, intuitive, and easy-to-manage computing. Chromebooks provide access to the web’s education and collaboration resources.”

You can download the paper here.

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Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Research
  • Background
  • Usage
  • Pain Points
  • Why Chromebooks for Education?
  • The Chrome OS Hardware Ecosystem
  • Testing Methodology
  • Testing Results
  • Page Load Test
  • Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics
  • Battery Life on Video Playback
  • 3D Graphics
  • WebGL Samples
  • Biodigital Human
  • Project Metis Solar System
  • Video Performance
  • VoiceNote II
  • Google Docs Suite
  • Office Online
  • System Average Power Consumption
  • Charge Time
  • Interpretation
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendation
  • Glossary
  • Table 1: Chromebook Specifications
  • Figure 1A: Biodigital Human Rendering on ARM-Based Chromebook at Maximum 1280×800 Resolution
  • Figure 1B: Biodigital Human 3D Rendering on x86-based Chromebook at Maximum 1366×768 Resolution
  • Figure 2A: Project Metis Solar System 3D Rendering on ARM-based Chromebook at Maximum 1280×800 Resolution
  • Figure2B: Project Metis Solar System 3D Rendering on x86-based Chromebook at Maximum 1366×768 Resolution

Companies Cited

  • ARM
  • ASUS
  • Dell
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Khan Academy
  • Microsoft
  • Rockchip