Laptops for Every Student

In an effort to help close the digital divide, Google announced a major initiative aimed at getting laptops in the hands of school children:

At Google IO this week, Google announced a “new kind of computer” and a new program aimed at schools: Chromebooks for Education. These new devices look like laptops, but they run on Google’s new operating system Chrome OS and are truly Web-based and Web-centric. There is no local storage and there is no software. In other words, everything runs through the (Chrome) browser and everything is stored online.

Google’s new Chromebooks for Education program will offer these devices to schools for $20 per user per month.

That’s great news and we applaud Google’s efforts.  As more schools move toward individualized instruction and personal learning platforms, Google’s initiative helps shore up one of the central issues with a focus on learning platforms – the digital divide.  Many schools lack the funds to provide adequate technology to every student and many students – particularly low-income students – go home to technology free zones.  Google’s $20 device helps bridge that divide by making the web accessible to all students – allowing students and educators to take advantage of a whole host of personalized learning platforms, not to mention all of the instructional resources, tool and utilities that are now finally accessible. 

Kudos to Google.  This device promises to open up a whole new world of resources to students around the country.

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