Round 2! The Fight Continues…
May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Last week we asked you to vote between the upcoming Chromebook by web giant Google and the new iPad2. We received varied responses with some choosing the comfort of the Chromebook’s netbook style and others decidedly pro-iPad. But which is easier to use?
New Media Consortium recently issued a study stating that the biggest challenge to mobile learning in the classroom is a lack of digital media literacy among teachers. The study, entitled NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition, stated that teachers cannot be expected to teach on mobile devices if they themselves don’t know how to use them.
With the Chromebook set to be released on June 15, teachers will be able to choose which mobile device to incorporate into their classrooms. Some say that the Chromebook’s familiar netbook format, cloud-based computing and instant internet access make it the clear winner. Another bonus? It comes with a full keyboard, which teachers are already used to
But there are others that say that despite the iPads lack of Flash, it is actually the easier device. It not only supports a wide variety of apps for teachers to incorporate in their lessons. iPad users are also not confined to the web—apps can be downloaded and used without internet connections.
So the question is: which do you think would be easier to learn and use in the classroom?